Nevada – including Carson City – high school grad rates inch up

LAS VEGAS — Given another year, Nevada saw an extra 630 students from the Class of 2016 graduate from high school.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports, according to the state, the most recent five-year graduation rate, based on students who started high school in fall 2011, came in at 73.5.

That’s an increase from the four-year graduation rate of students who started high school that same year, which was released in the fall and calculated at 70.8.

Carson City School District saw virtually no change in an increase in the percentage of students who started in 2011 and graduated in 2016 as opposed to 2015. While the rates increased at Pioneer and Carson High schools, the number of students wasn’t enough to effect the total rate for the district. The rate went from 74.3 percent to 74.33 percent. The rate did increase at Carson High School from 86.2 percent to 87.66 percent and at Pioneer from 50.7 to 54.69 percent.

And as reported last fall, the Carson district did see a significant increase in the four-year graduation rate for students enrolled from 2012-16 as opposed to 2011-15. The rate increased from 74.3 percent in 2015 to 80.31 percent in 2016.

Both numbers look at the same set of students, who started high school in fall 2011. After four years, 24,247 students in the state earned a diploma. In the next year, 630 more earned enough credits to receive a diploma — either by being held back or via adult-education classes — causing the slight bump up.


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