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11 Washoe County Schools Enter 'Acceleration Zone' Program

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Earlier this month, we looked at Washoe County School District's new "Star Rating System." It assigns a number of stars to each school depending on its performance.

Using that, the school district has now identified schools that will be getting some extra help.

Ten elementary schools as well as Sparks High received either one or two stars that rating system. And now -- they're going to be part of the district's new "Acceleration Zone" program.

"What our plan is, we're using our school performance framework. When we unveiled this back in January, we said that we are going to use this framework as a vehicle for improvement. And frankly, we're keeping our word on this."

The Acceleration Zone will allocate more resources to the schools that are struggling.

That means putting more money into programs that scored the lowest.

School District Superintendent Pedro Martinez acknowledges that won't be easy on the district's budget. It could mean reallocating resources from schools that performed well in the rating system.

Martinez also announced six of the eleven schools will have new principals in the fall.

He says those schools needed new leadership.

"The reality is that when you have a school that is low-performing in a very high poverty community, it takes a certain type of leader compared to another school that is maybe in a positive trajectory or is a high socio-economic, high performance school."

Here is the complete list of schools that will be part of this new program:

  • Anderson Elementary
  • Booth Elementary
  • Corbett Elementary
  • Duncan Elementary
  • Loder Elementary
  • Matthews Elementary
  • Stead Elementary
  • Sun Valley Elementary
  • Veterans Memorial (STEM)
  • Wagner Elementary
  • Sparks High

Written by Adam Rasmussen

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