WCSD Graduation Rate Shows Slight Drop

By: Denise Wong Email
By: Denise Wong Email

After two years of significant increases in the Washoe County School District's graduation rate, it dipped slightly in 2012.

The District's graduation rate was 69-percent in 2012, down from 70-percent in 2011.

Superintendent Pedro Martinez made this announcement on Monday morning during a press conference at Wooster High School. He said the graduation rate is stabilizing and that's not good enough. To turn things around, the district is now focusing on early intervention.

"There will be an emphasis on middle schools. We'll have interventions across all elementary and middle schools this year for the first time, where our children are not proficient. Because we cannot wait."

The District will also give more attention to the high school seniors who are most at-risk of dropping out.

"We have 4,300 twelfth graders right now and only 2,500 of them are on track to graduate," said Superintendent Martinez. "There are about a thousand that - if we work together - we can can help them graduate on time. That is where my passion is at. I want the community to help us."

The community is invited to join the Superintendent and other educators on Saturday, September 29. That's when the Door to Door Campaign will take place. It's when volunteers and educators visit the homes of teenagers who are struggling the most. The goal is to get them on the right track toward graduation.

"Our parents get frustrated and they lose hope. And so if we are a united front and we tell the families together we're not going to let you lose hope, we're not going to let you give up on yourself, it will help that student stay energized. And frankly, I'm going to be looking for mentors that are going to continue to work in our schools to make sure these children finish this year and that they graduate on time."

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