Washoe graduation rates to be announced tomorrow

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Washoe graduation rates to be announced tomorrow

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The district's graduation rates have been a frequent topic of conversation for Superintendent Pedro Martinez.

Tomorrow morning at 9:30, the Washoe County School District will announce graduation rates for the class of 2013.

The district's graduation rates have been a frequent topic of conversation for Superintendent Pedro Martinez. He has pointed to the numbers, which are better than the state average, in front of the Washoe County Commission when making the case for the school repair bill (Assembly Bill 46) that's currently being debated. The rates will also be an indicator of his own success; they are the first to be released after a full year as superintendent.

Last year's graduation rates were just over 69 percent, and Martinez has promised steady improvement in the coming years.

"I am tired of looking at where we are at, and as a state we seem to be ranking almost last in everything. The country is going to 80 percent [graduation rate], so the goal we've set for our district is that we're going to be at 80 percent by the graduating class of 2015."

Martinez says they'll be doing interventions sooner with high school students who are lagging behind. For example, the district is  launching a massive campaign later this month with more than 600 volunteers who will go door-to-door and speak with the families of students who're in danger of not graduating.