High school graduation rate lower than expected in Clark County
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Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Clark County school officials are working on a math problem tonight involving the number of high school graduates.
The Department of Education reported earlier this week that the 2012 graduate rate was 61 percent. That was up from last year.
However, that figure is almost seven percent less than what the school district reported.
They now say that they number they gave last summer was just a prediction.
The district's estimate wasn't verified until this week by the DOE.
652 more students graduated in the Class of 2012. Of the 49 Clark County high schools, Chaparral saw a 15% turn around in their graduating numbers.
There was a two percentage increase over the past two years but the district says they are now focusing on people over percentages.
A new "gold standard" method that tracks the number of graduates divided by the number of students who started four years earlier may have led to the district's miscalculation.
Clark County remains near the bottom compared to the rest of the country.