New system drops rankings for top Las Vegas schools

Victoria Spilabotte

New system drops rankings for top Las Vegas schools

CREATED Jun. 7, 2013

Clark County, NV (KTNV) -- Two dozen Clark County schools have lost their top performance rankings, now that the district is adopting a new way to rate its schools.

The new rating is based on state standards, and school officials say it will help parents understand how their child's school compares to others in the county.

The purpose of the new ranking is to hold school's accountable for student performance. It takes into consideration scores on state tests, college readiness and graduate rates. Schools will have to improve in those areas to get five stars.

"It tells us what we're doing well and why. It tells us when we're not doing well as we would like. What we need to be doing differently," said Rorie Fitzpatrick, interim state superintendent.

Next school year, CCSD is adopting the Nevada school performance framework, moving away from their own star system. The new framework gives schools a grade of one to five stars, with five being the best.

"We actually help those principals use this data to identify ways to make their schools better," said Pat Skorkowsky, CCSD superintendent.

But with the new rankings, some top performing schools saw their star status drop. Western High School went from a four star school to a two star school.

"We have 12 schools that went down two stars, but we also had 12 schools that went up two stars," said Skorkowsky.

District officials said it's because the state framework puts emphasis on end of the year testing, and not overall growth.

If you have a child in the district, and want to check your child's school ranking, just log onto the Nevada Department of Education website, to see how many stars your student's school earned.

The goal of the new system is to give parents a better idea of where their school stands.

The rankings out now are one year behind; they're for the 2011-2012 school year. To see where your child's school ranks based on state standards, click here.

In the fall, a new set of rankings will be released for the 2012-2013 school year.