Incline High graduation rate up 4 percentage points in 2015 |

Incline High graduation rate up 4 percentage points in 2015

Incline High School graduate Juana Angel Serna accepts the Targe Award from site administrator Andrew Yoxsimer during the June 18, 2015, graduation ceremony.
Margaret Moran / North Lake Tahoe Bonanza |

By the numbers

Graduation rates the past 3 school years for Incline High School:

Grad rate in 2013: 88%

Grad rate in 2014: 79%

Grad rate in 2015: 83%

Source: Washoe County School District

The Washoe County School District Class of 2015 set a record during the 2014-15 school year, as the graduation rate rose to 75 percent — an increase of 2 percentage points over 2014.

The year-over-year increase for Incline High School, meanwhile, was 4 percentage points, with an 83 percent grad rate in 2015 compared to 79 percent in 2014.

This year’s numbers are 5 percentage points less than the 88 percent grad rate in 2013, according to the school district.

In all, 3,467 students crossed the graduation stage to receive their diplomas this year.

“The Board of Trustees is grateful to the thousands of men and women whose efforts inside and outside the classroom have helped so many of our students achieve this educational milestone,” Board President John Mayer said in a statement. “Teachers, principals, staff members, and families have joined forces to help these students reach this goal, and in doing so, have helped them take an important step toward college and highly-skilled careers.

“There is still much work to do, but we are proud of our students and staff.”

The WCSD data released this week shows the district “continues to make progress in narrowing achievement gaps among most student groups” since 2012, including:

• Graduation rates for Black/African-American students rose 24 percentage points, from 42 percent to 66 percent.

• Rates for Latino/Hispanic students rose 14 percentage points, from 53 percent to 67 percent.

• Rates for Children in Transition rose 16 percentage points, from 37 percent to 53 percent.

• Rates for children living in poverty rose 12 percentage points, from 53 percent to 65 percent.

• Additionally, rates for Native American/American Indian students rose 4 percentage points over 2014, and rates for students enrolled in special education classes rose 2 percentage points over 2014.

“This is a great cause for celebration,” WCSD Superintendent Traci Davis said in a statement. “We applaud not only this academic achievement, but also the bright future that lies ahead for these students now that they have earned their diplomas. I congratulate the staff members at all of our schools.

Across the district, most schools saw increased rates, and all comprehensive high schools posted graduation rates of at least 73 percent.

Procter Hug High achieved a graduation rate of 73 percent — ‹a rise of 22 points since 2012. Sparks High, meanwhile, achieved a graduation rate of 74 percent — ‹an increase of 10 percentage points since 2012.

In all, nine high schools posted grad rates of 81 percent or higher, including Incline.

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