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.

CCSD high school graduation rates reach new high in 2017

The Clark County School District (CCSD) class of 2017 posted a record high graduate rate of 83 percent, an increase of more than eight percentage points from the year priorThe 2017 high school graduating class was also the district's largest ever, with 20,030 graduates. The 2017 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 2017, the rate has increased nearly 35 percent (and nearly 20 percentage points).

The district also made significant progress in closing achievement gaps between racial and ethnic groups in 2017. Nearly 73 percent of black students graduated, up approximately 22 percent from the year prior. See the chart at right for 2017 graduation rates by race/ethnicity.

While graduation rates have risen in recent years, statewide changes in graduation requirements likely account for a portion of the increase, according to state officials. Students in the class of 2017 were required to take new end-of-course exams, which replaced old high school proficiency exams, with one big difference: Their scores aren’t counted toward graduation.

Nevada's class of 2019 will be the first cohort on the hook for the new tests. In years past, passing the proficiency exams were required for graduation and to earn a diploma. For additional information on CCSD's graduation requirements, click here.

About the data

The 4-year cohort graduation rate for 2016-2017 was calculated by dividing the number of students in the class of 2017 cohort who received a standard, advanced, or adult diploma by the total number of students in the cohort. The students in the cohort are determined by the students who started in 9th grade in 2013-14, plus those students who transferred in, minus those who transferred out to another degree granting school. While all states are calculating the graduation rate using the same formula, each state still sets its own requirements for students to earn a diploma.


The Nevada Department of Education publishes annual accountability reports and data that contain detailed information about the schools and the districts in the State of Nevada, as well as public charter schools. The data is aggregated from data submitted by local school district officials, and is produced in compliance with both state and federal law.


With more than 320,000 students enrolled in grades K-12, CCSD is the fifth largest school district in the country. Click here for a one-page CCSD fact sheet.


To learn more about income in Southern Nevada or for additional information on the data presented above, contact Southern Nevada Strong.

Last updated: November 2018