Education

High School Graduation Rates

Graduating high school is a fundamental educational achievement with implications for both students and public education systems. High school graduation also has larger societal implications, as it is an important predictor for health outcomes and financial stability.

Source: Clark County School District (CCSD)

CCSD high school graduation rates reach new high in 2019

The Clark County School District (CCSD) class of 2019 posted a record high graduate rate of 86 percent. The 2019 high school graduating class was also the district's largest ever, with upwards of 250,000 graduates. The 2019 increase continued a positive trend in graduation rates. With the exception of slight dip between the 2013 and 2014 classes, the CCSD graduation rate has increased each year since 2012. From 2012 to 2019, the rate has increased nearly 40 percent (and more than 20 percentage points).

The district also made significant progress in closing achievement gaps between racial and ethnic groups in recent years. More than 75 percent of Black students graduated, up approximately 31 percent since 2015. The graduation rate among Hispanic/Latinx students improved by 25 percent during the same period, jumping from 68 percent in 2015 to nearly 85 percent in 2019. See the chart at right for 2019 graduation rates by race/ethnicity.

While graduation rates have risen in improved years, statewide changes in graduation requirements likely account for a portion of the increase, according to state officials. Starting with in the class of 2017, students were required to take new end-of-course exams, which replaced old high school proficiency exams, with one big difference: Their scores weren’t counted toward graduation. In years past, passing the proficiency exams were required for graduation and to earn a diploma.

The state will transition to new requirements over the next few years, according to CCSD. For additional information on CCSD's graduation requirements, click here.

Source: Nevada Department of Education