Nevada High Schools Post Highest Graduation Rates on Record

Immediate Release


Greg Bortolin
Carson City, NV - December 15, 2017

Nevada high schools posted their highest graduation rate ever at 80.85 percent for the Class of 2017 – an increase of seven percentage points. Detailed graduation data can be accessed at

“This is great news for our high school graduates and Nevada’s new economy that is counting on our education system producing more skilled workers,” said Steve Canavero, Ph.D., Superintendent of Public Instruction. “We are actually ahead of our goals for graduation rates, another strong indicator that Nevada is becoming the fastest improving state in the nation.”

Nevada’s two largest school districts both outpaced the rest of the state with healthy gains:

• The Clark County School District (CCSD) graduated 83.22 percent – an increase of 8.34 points.

"Over the past five years, our schools and all of the people in them have been focused on the success of every student in every classroom,” said Pat Skorkowsky, CCSD Superintendent. “We are seeing yet again that hard efforts pay off with more students graduating this year prepared to succeed and contribute in a diverse global society. Congratulations to every employee who made this success happen."

• The Washoe County School District (WCSD) graduated 84.02 percent – an increase of 7.38 points.

“All of us at WCSD are working to ensure the academic success of our students on the path to graduation, beginning on the first day of pre-kindergarten and continuing through the last day of their senior year in high school,” said Traci Davis, WCSD Superintendent. “As educators, we know that every year spent in school is important. Our teachers, aides, principals, administrators, and staff members come to work every day and encourage our students to work toward their goals, stay on that graduation path, and achieve their dreams. WCSD posted outstanding results that show the resources we have worked so hard to establish are working effectively, and are providing our students with the support they need to succeed.”

Five other districts in the state showed double-digit gains from 2016:

• The Pershing County School District graduated 100 percent – an increase of 16.67 points
• The Churchill County School District graduated 73.26 percent – an increase of 13.56 points
• The Mineral County School District graduated 84.38 percent – an increase of 10.19 points
• The Humboldt County School District graduated 89.50 percent – an increase of 13.22 points
• The Lander County School District graduated 92.31 percent – an increase of 12.05 points

This is the seventh year Nevada has calculated the graduation rate using the adjusted cohort rate, which is required by the U.S. Department of Education. The four-year adjusted cohort graduation rate defines the cohort based on when a student enters the ninth grade; it is calculated using the number of students who graduate within four years and includes adjustments for transfer out students. 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.