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Incline High School grad rate dropped 9 points in 2014

Staff report

By the numbers

Incline High School’s graduation rate the past 3 years:

79 percent: 2014

88 percent: 2013

77 percent: 2012

Source: Washoe County School District

The Washoe County School District Class of 2014 set a graduation record with 3,474 students receiving diplomas, officials said.

This year’s 3,474 graduating students — at a 73 percent clip — represents an increase of 153 students over 2013, and an increase of 337 students over 2012. The number of students receiving advanced and honors diplomas also rose to 1,730, according to statistics released Tuesday.

These students make up 49.8 percent of 2014 graduates, and an increase of 219 students over the Class of 2012, which saw a 69 percent graduation rate. The rate was 72 percent last year.

“We continue to make strides toward our goal of Every Child, By Name and Face, to Graduation, and this is another positive step forward,” Superintendent Pedro Martinez said in a statement. “Each of these graduates now has a better chance of succeeding in their lives and careers because they have earned their high school diploma. We celebrate not only their achievements in high school, but the endless opportunities that are now possible because they graduated and received their diplomas.

According to a news release, the district is making progress in closing achievement gaps among many groups of students since 2012, including:

Graduation rates for Latino/Hispanic students rose 8 percent, from 53 to 61 percent.

Graduation rates for African-American/Black students rose 19 percent, from 42 to 61 percent.

Graduation rates rose for students in low-income households by 7 percent, from 53 to 60 percent.

Among Pacific Islander students, graduation rates rose 19 percent, from 50 to 69 percent.

Among students who are English Language Learners, graduation rates rose 12 percent, from 15 to 27 percent.

While many Washoe County high schools improved year over year — including Wooster High School, up to 81 percent from 76 in 2013; Spanish Springs, up to 81 percent from 77 in 2013; and Damonte Ranch, up to 86 percent from 83 in 2013 — Incline High dropped year over year from 88 percent in 2013 to 79 percent in 2014.

The 2014 number still reflects a two-year increase for Incline High, however, which had a graduation rate of 77 percent in 2012.

“Our standards and requirements for graduation are rigorous,” Martinez said in a statement. “These standards will help them to be successful in their college careers and professional careers after they leave our high schools. Earning their diplomas must be a meaningful first step toward all of their goals in learning and in life.”

Galena, Reed and Sparks high schools also had small drops of 1 to 2 percent, according to the district.

The district is conducting its sixth annual Door to Door for Student Achievement event on Saturday, Sept. 20, when county residents will join Martinez, Gov. Brian Sandoval, WCSD Trustees and District staff to visit children “who are on track to graduate, but still lack a few credits or haven’t passed all of their proficiency exams,” according to a news release.

“During these visits, district officials try to determine what resources are available to help students rededicate themselves to their studies,” according to the release. “And during the remainder of the school year, they continue to work with the community to follow up with students and ensure they are receiving the help they need.”

For more information about volunteering and participating in Door to Door for Student Achievement, visit http://washoeschools.net/Page/2510.