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Washoe Sees Highest Graduation Rate Ever

Alexa Ard

Washoe County is reporting its highest high school graduation rate in history, with a more than 3% increase last school year. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss has the details.

Overall, the state department of education is reporting Nevada's preliminary graduation rate as 70.9 percent for the Class of 2015, up from a flat 70% the year before. That uptick is largely because of improvements within the  Clark County School District, one the of largest in the country. 

Up North, Washoe County's graduation rate of 75% is the highest it's ever been. 

Numbers on specific cohorts within the county are still to come, but at last check, only about 1 in 4 special education students have been crossing the finish line. For English Language Learners, that figure is about 1 in 3 students.

Along with graduation data, education officials have also just released new numbers on bullying across the state. Last year, there were close to 5,200 reported bullying incidents. That's a spike from the roughly 3,800 incidents that were documented the year before.

Michelle Billman is a former news director at KUNR Public Radio.
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