Nevada Overcomes Pandemic Challenges, Sees Graduation Rate Increase

November 17, 2022

CARSON CITY, Nev. - The Nevada Department of Education (NDE) announced today that the statewide graduation rate increased for the Class of 2022, despite challenges posed by the pandemic. The graduation rate for the Class of 2022 rose to 81.7 percent. That is up from 81.3 percent the year before.

"I am proud of the Class of 2022 and all their hard work. These students have faced unprecedented challenges during their high school careers due to the pandemic. To see them rise above it all and graduate in higher numbers than in the previous year is so exciting," said Jhone Ebert, State Superintendent of Public Instruction. "I commend the dedication and commitment of our students, teachers, families and our entire education system."

The latest numbers add evidence that the hard work and investments the Nevada Department of Education are implementing are having an impact and education in Nevada is overcoming pandemic challenges. The Nevada Department of Education has made a number of investments using state and federal funds that have been particularly impactful. Nevada's Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds appropriated $200 million dollars to the Nevada Department of Education to administer as grants to school districts. These funds are specifically meant to accelerate learning following the COVID-19 Pandemic and include but are not limited to: tutoring, summer school, afterschool programs and other extended learning and enrichment programs. NDE is investing $20 million of ARP ESSER state-level funds to further learning acceleration with evidence-based summer learning opportunities and comprehensive after-school programs. The department is also investing more than $11 million dollars for College and Career Readiness (CCR) Support Programs that engage students in opportunities that prepare them for their future success.

Key takeaways from the Class of 2022 graduation data include: 

  • In 11 of Nevada's 17 school districts as well as the State Public Charter School Authority (SPCSA), students graduated at a higher rate than the State average of 81.7 percent.
  • Eight of Nevada's 17 school districts showed increases in graduation rates from the previous year, with Eureka School District showing the highest gain.
  • Other districts with year-to-year increases in graduation rates include Clark School District, Elko School District, Humboldt School District, Lander School District, Pershing School District, Washoe School District and White Pine School District.  
  • Migrant students maintained one of the highest graduation rates of all student groups at 100 percent.  
  • Four districts had 2022 graduation rates that exceeded 90.0 percent. They include: 
    • Eureka School District at 100.0 percent
    • Pershing School District at 96.7 percent 
    • Lincoln School District at 95.5 percent 
    • Humboldt School District at 94.3 percent 
     

The full list of graduation rates and class sizes for the Class of 2022, including comparisons to 2021 graduation rates, is as follows:

Entity

 2022

 2021

Class of 2022 Class Size

Statewide

 81.72

 81.31

 36,918

Carson City

 83.43

 85.71

 519

Churchill

 79.75

 79.91

 242

Clark

 81.31

 80.94

 25,212

Douglas

 84.07

 84.53

 452

Elko

 80.43

 79.70

 690

Esmeralda

N/A*

 100

 0

Eureka

 100

 73.33

 22

Humboldt

 94.34

 94.23

 212

Lander

 85.53

 66.67

 76

Lincoln

 95.52

 96.43

 67

Lyon

 84.57

 87.98

 622

Mineral

 65.71

 88.89

 34

Nye

 80.66

 83.09

 424

Pershing

 96.77

 94.12

 31

SPCSA

 86.07

 86.89

 2,377

Storey

 88.24

 97.06

 34

Washoe

 84.36

 82.48

 4,667

White Pine

 89.77

 83.76

 88

* Esmeralda School District did not have any students within the class of 2022.

Graduation Rate Comparison Between 2021 and 2022 Disaggregated by Student Race/Ethnicity 

  • The graduation rate for students who identify as Hispanic/Latino increased 1.03 percentage points to 80.66 percent. 
  • The graduation rate for students who identify as American Indian/Alaska Native decreased 3.04 percentage points to 69.13 percent.
  • The graduation rate for students who identify as Asian increased 0.28 percentage points to 93.11 percent. 
  • The graduation rate for students who identify as Black/African American decreased 1.84 percentage points to 68.41 percent. 
  • The graduation rate for students who identify with two or more races decreased 1.81 percentage points to 81.55 percent. 
  • The graduation rate for students who identify as Pacific Islanders increased 0.60 percentage points to 84.25 percent. 
  • The graduation rate for students who identify as White increased 1.08 percentage points to 86.07 percent.   

Graduation Rate Comparison Between 2021 and 2022 Disaggregated by Student Special Populations  

  • The graduation rate for students from families experiencing poverty increased 2.53 percentage points to 81.54 percent.
  • The graduation rate for students with disabilities increased 1.38 percentage points to 65.91 percent. 
  • The graduation rate for students who are English Learners (EL) increased 1.41 percentage points to 72.55 percent. 
  • The graduation rate for students who are experiencing transient housing (homeless) decreased 1.51 percentage points to 61.74 percent.  
  • The graduation rate for students in Career and Technical Education (CTE) increased 0.58 percentage points to 92.30 percent.        

Please note: 2021-22 Graduation Rate Data will be populated on the Nevada Report Card.

 

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