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WCSD Graduation Rates for 2016

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Monday, Washoe County School District announced its graduation rates for 2016 scholastic year.

It was time for celebration as Washoe County School District marks the fourth year in a row of improved high school graduation rates.

Superintendent Traci Davis made the announcement, "All comprehensive high schools have graduation rates of higher than 70 percent."

Most schools posted rates over 80%, Reno High and Damonte Ranch hit 90%, but McQueen HS in Northwest Reno won the day with a 93% graduation rate.

Holly White is a McQueen graduate and knows why. "It was always so exciting to be here. Teachers really pushed us. Our administration was always there for us."

White says she felt well prepared when she began studying at the University of Nevada in the fall. "Taking honor and AP courses was always such an advantage," she explains.

WCSD Board President Angie Taylor says, "We have a record number of students that are actually graduating with honors degrees. We have a record number of students that are taking AP classes.”

More than half the students earned honors and advanced diplomas. Another area of achievement was Native American students, whose graduation rates rose 14 percent.

Still in need of work, Special Education students and English Language Learners, and one area of concern, graduation rates for African American students fell 9 percentage points.

Dr. Taylor;  "Because the population is so small, I think only about 130 graduates, high school seniors were African American last year - only a few students can make a big difference. So, you know what that means? It doesn't mean it's okay to drop. That means we have to re-double our efforts to go get those few students."

Superintendent Davis also addressed other factors key to student success;  "We're gonna attack mental illness in our community, we're gonna attack substance abuse. We're gonna talk about the things that do hinder kids from getting to the finish line that are not academic in nature.”

Next, the school district plans to use this data to create new programs to ensure Washoe County School District's graduation numbers continue to increase.

For a closer look at that data, we created a link for you.


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