Nevada graduation rate makes big gains in 2013

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Updated: 1/27/2014 10:04 am

LAS VEGAS (AP) — State officials say Nevada's graduation rate jumped more than seven percentage points in a single year.

Nevada Department of Education officials announced Monday that nearly 71 percent of the class of 2013 graduated high school. That's up from 63 percent among the class of 2012.

Gov. Brian Sandoval says the rate still needs to improve, but says the data is a firm indication that Nevada is moving in the right direction. He says efforts to reduce class sizes, improve services to English language learners and implementing all-day kindergarten programs will yield more gains.

The biggest gains showed up among Hispanic students, who posted a graduation rate that was nearly 10 percentage points higher than it was in 2012.

The state has been using the same graduation rate formula since 2011.

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