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Updated: 5/25/2012 9:09 am
LAS VEGAS – In honoring their commitment to be open and transparent about our schools, the Board of Trustees and Clark County School District Superintendent Dwight Jones unveiled the second portion of CCSD’s transparent ranking system today, allowing the community to hold the district accountable for student performance.

The announcement was made at Cimarron-Memorial High School.

The School Performance Framework for high schools compares all of the district's high schools with their counterparts.

"The goal of the School Performance Framework is to allow educators to work together and learn from each other," CCSD Board of Trustees President Linda Young said. "Like the elementary and middle school rankings, the high school ranking system gives us an opportunity to recognize our areas of excellence while focusing more attention and resources on schools that need improvement."

Under the system, schools receive scores on four categories: graduation, academic growth, college and career readiness and school climate.

Schools are then placed in one of five categories: “Five Stars” for highest performing schools; “Four Stars” for exceeding expectations; “Three Stars” for schools that are meeting but not exceeding academic standards; “Two Stars” for schools close to meeting minimum standards; and “One Star” for low performing schools.

Schools achieving “Five Star” status will be given more flexibility over curriculum, budget and day-to-day operations. “Five Star” schools will also serve as model schools for lower performing schools to emulate.

The SPF utilizes data from the recently developed Nevada Growth Model that tracks individual student academic growth from year-to-year using various demographics, including ethnicity and achievement level.

This method of growth measurement allows the community to recognize gains made by schools each year and also provides schools and families with individual growth data on every student. Having individual student growth data allows educators to intervene earlier when students begin to fall behind and ensure schools continue to challenge and provide our high achieving students with opportunities to grow.

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