Monday, June 4, 2012 | 11:49 a.m.
Efforts to increase the graduation rate in the Clark County School District seem to be paying off.
School District officials today said they anticipated nearly 15,000 high school seniors would be graduating this year. The number represents about 65 percent of the district’s seniors – an improvement of about 13 percent than the number of students who were on track to graduate at the beginning of the school year.
It's also a 6 percent increase over the district's graduation rate in 2011, school officials said.
To further boost the number, the district is conducting intensive summer school sessions to push an additional 2,000 students who are short one credit or have not passed at least one proficiency test to graduate in August.
"We are so proud of the seniors who have worked hard to earn a diploma, and we want the 2,000 others who are on the cusp of graduation to know that this community is not giving up on them," Superintendent Dwight Jones said in a news release this morning. "We will provide summer school and tutoring, and even offer a fifth year, to any senior who wants to earn a diploma.
“We are seeing more graduates today than last year's June graduation and summer school graduates combined,” Jones continued, "with many more poised to graduate in August, which is reason to celebrate our gains and refocus on the work that lies ahead."