More Washoe County School District Students on Track to Graduate
The end of this school year is just a few weeks away - and the Washoe County School District is taking stock of its senior class to see how many of them are on track to graduate.
There are 4,425 students in this year's senior class. Of those, 3,148 are on track to graduate in June... about 200 students ahead of where the district was this time last year.
You may remember Washoe County posted record grad rates for the class of 2013, at 72%, but Superintendent Pedro Martinez says they still have a long way to go. "Our ultimate goal is to get to 80% by 2016, that's about 3,800 graduates, and we are making very good progress toward that."
This week hundreds of remaining seniors still have one more chance to pass their required proficiency tests in order to get a diploma. 422 of them just need to pass one more test, that's about half the number the district started with at the beginning of the year. Martinez says that's a big win largely due to the district's outreach efforts in the fall. And he says they're celebrating an increase in honors and advanced diplomas this year as well. "More and more of our children are getting these types of diplomas, and that's because our high schools are providing the supports for the children, and we're pushing them."
These numbers come out on the same day that the state of Nevada was ranked dead last in the nation for graduation rates. According to the Building A Grad-Nation Report,Nevada's 63% for the class of 2012 falls well short of the national average of 80%. For reference, Washoe County's graduation rate that year was 69%.