High School Graduation Rates

In 2014, the Las Vegas City Council created Innovations in Education, a cross-sector committee of educators and key community stakeholders to help identify strategies, actions and resources to ensure access to a quality education for everyone, regardless of zip code. The city is committed to addressing the achievement gap of students in the urban core by developing “impact zones” to prove what’s possible for students when funding, policy, community engagement and school leadership align.  In 2016, the Clark County School District approached the city of Las Vegas with a unique partnership to launch ReinventSchools Las Vegas (RSLV). These RSLV community schools are “hubs” where school, city, and community stakeholders come together to provide diverse, mutually aligned resources to assist our students, their families, and the community. The focus centers on academic achievement, expanded learning, wrap around services, and family and community engagement. 

The key performance indicator is to increase high school graduation rates at targeted schools. The four supporting measures discussed below will help achieve the key performance indicator.

Measure 1: Strong Start- Improve kindergarten readiness.
1 & 2 Star Schools and Strong Start Academies
Increase the percentage of 4 year old students in the Strong Start Academies who are exiting Pre-K ready for kindergarten to 80% by year 2022.
The city has joined early childhood policy leaders and providers to develop a universal Pre-K initiative. The goal is to provide high-quality early learning for children ages three and four, to increase kindergarten readiness, and to ensure children are on track to attain reading proficiency by the 3rd grade. The city opened two Strong Start Academies at Lorenzi and Alta during the 2017-18 school year to help prepare children who will potentially attend 1 & 2 Star rated elementary schools as shown in the map to the right.  This could potentially increase these schools' Star ratings in the future. 
Data from the first year of the program provides a baseline of the number of students exiting pre-K ready for kindergarten in three learning areas: approaches to learning/ social emotional, language/literacy, and math/science.  The data shows there has been substantial growth between period 1 (beginning of school year) and period 3 (end of school year) in each learning area at each site.
Number of Students Exiting Pre-K Ready for Kindergarten: 2017-18
Growth in Pre-K Scores by Learning Area and Site: 2017-18
Target for Lorenzi=5, Target for Alta= Approaches to Learning/Social Emotional: 5.86, Language/Literacy: 5.2, Math/Science: 5.5

Measure 2: Strong Schools-  Improve Literacy Rates and Absenteeism in ReInvent Schools Las Vegas (RSLV).
The goal of the RSLV AmeriCorps program is to increase literacy rates to be at or above grade level for 60% of students who are identified as below grade level, and to reduce chronic absenteeism to below 5% at each school by FY2025.
During the 2017-18 school year, the city of Las Vegas implemented a literacy tutoring program using 36 AmeriCorps members in 9 RSLV schools. Tutors use the Utah State Office of Education reading tutorial program, focusing on literacy development skills in both individual and group sessions with each student for at least one hour per week.  As the charts illustrate, about 10% of students who were below grade level and then received tutoring tested at grade level in the next period. In addition, there has been growth in the average student percentile between period 1 and 2 during the fall semester, and between period 2 and 3 during the spring semester.
Literacy: Percentage of Students Identified as Below Grade Level who Received Tutoring and Tested at Grade Level the Next Period
Literacy: Growth in Average Student Percentile by Semester and Period
To reduce chronic absenteeism across subgroups, the AmeriCorps members use the Attendance Works Student Attendance Success Plan tiers of intervention, to improve academic engagement. Data is tracked by race/ethnicity and by special education, English Language Learner, and economically disadvantaged.
Chronic Absenteeism in ReInvent Elementary Schools

Measure 3: Strong Schools- Reduce teacher vacancies on first day of school.

Increase the percentage of licensed teachers to 100% on the first day of school in RSLV schools by Fall 2018.

CCSD has faced challenges in recent years ensuring that there is a licensed teacher in each classroom on the first day of school. In the absence of a licensed teacher, students are taught by long-term substitutes. This problem has been particularly prevalent at the targeted schools. The city has partnered with stakeholders to assist in teacher recruitment efforts at those targeted schools. From the first day of school in 2016 to the first day of school in 2017, the number of teacher vacancies dropped 18% in the RSLV schools compared to a 29% increase district-wide.
Measure 4: Strong Future- Improve workforce readiness for students participating in Batteries Included.

Increase the percentage of students in the Batteries Included Youth Initiative who enroll in post-secondary education programs (college, university, military and vocational school) to 80% by Fall 2018.

Batteries Included is a collaboration between the city, CCSD and Nevada Partners, Inc., which has 16 sites located in community centers and high schools across the valley. The percentage of Batteries Included graduates going onto higher education is already higher than the rate for students with standard or advanced diplomas going onto Nevada System of Higher Education institutions. 

Teacher Vacancies on the First Day of School: 2015 through 2017
Percentage of Graduates Going on to Higher Education
Note: Data for Standard Diploma and Advanced diploma is for students going on to NSHE institutions only in School Year (SY) 2016