Our Latino/Hispanic graduation rate rose 1 percentage point since last year, and this represents a 10 percentage point gain since 2013.
The Native American/American Indian graduation rate rose 14 percentage points since last year. This represents an increase of 8 percent since 2013.
The graduation rate for Pacific Islander students rose 14 percentage points since last year. This represents an increase of 14 percentage points since 2013.
Our English Language Learner graduation rate rose 5 percentage points in 2016. This is an increase of 13 percentage points since 2013.
The graduation rate for students living in poverty rose 1 percentage point since last year, an increase of 12 percentage points since 2013.
Graduation rate for students in special education (or for students on an individualized education plan) rose 2 percentage points over last year.
All comprehensive high schools now have graduation rates higher than 70 percent, and most schools are posting graduation rates over 80 percent.
We still have work to do. The district had a decline of 9 percent in the graduation rate for African American/Black students and a decline of 11 percentage points for our Children in Transition in 2016. Overall the Black/African American graduation rate has risen 6 percentage points since 2013, so gains are being made, but we will remain vigilant in the work that still needs to be done.
Please join me in applauding not only this academic achievement of the highest graduation rate in WCSD history, but also the bright future that lies ahead for our students now that they have earned their diplomas. Also, let’s congratulate the staff members at all of our schools—from pre-kindergarten through high school—because their efforts, beginning in the earliest days of these students’ education, have helped us move closer to our goal of Every Child, By Name and Face, to Graduation.
I was proud to stand up in front of our community and announce these great strides. It embodies what we as a school district can accomplish when we work in partnership with our community.
Thank you for helping all of our students succeed,
Superintendent, Washoe County School District]]>
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