Utah's high school graduation rate is 84 percent this year.
The Utah State Office of Education announced Monday the slight rise over last year's 83 percent rate, continuing a five-year climb for graduation numbers. It comes as the rate of school dropouts has fallen since 2011.
Nevada's graduation rates were recently published, leaving a lot of people shaking their heads. Clark County School District has made a preliminary estimate that the graduation rate for 2011-2012 is 65 percent. We talk with Nevada’s superintendent of public instruction James Guthrie about the latest figures. And, we also discuss the latest on Nevada receiving a waiver from the federal government that now allows educators to throw "No Child Left Behind" out the window.
Between 2002 and 2009 Nevada's graduation rate fell from 71 percent to 56 percent. That 15 percentage point drop is the worst among all states according to a new report from the national group, America's Promise Alliance.
The Clark County School District continues to linger at the bottom nationally when it comes to graduation and dropouts rates. Why? And how can we turn it around? We'll look at a national effort to raise graduation rates. We'll also look at schools that have turned around failing schools and drop-out factories into successful models.
The blow to public education was softened by an additional $250-million in state funds that were allocated to schools by the legislature. Now, the Clark County School District will be able to keep 1,000 teachers that were to be laid off. The district will also be able to keep class sizes at current levels and restore some support staff. The full effect of legislative cuts have yet to be determined but schools in Clark County now have a good picture of what they will be dealing with. But, despite the additional money the district still has to fill a $150-million budget gap which they say will be addressed by previous proposals. We talk with CCSD Board of Trustee President, Carolyn Edwards about the district's plan after the legislature.
We continue our summer series on education with a look at the Educational Equity and Postsecondary Student Success project aimed at drawing more minority and low-income students into Nevada's colleges and universities.