The Clark County School Board has raised several bars for Superintendent Pat Skorkowsky to clear by 2019.
The districtwide graduation rate must increase from 71.5 percent in 2013 to 82 percent by the class of 2019. The average rate of third-graders reading at grade level across Clark County’s 217 elementary schools must grow from 59 percent to 80 percent, according to a policy unanimously adopted by the Clark County School Board without debate on Thursday.
While the policy sets these bars and others in the name of student achievement, it doesn’t outline any specific repercussions for the superintendent if he falls short. The superintendent, however, must annually report to the School Board on each of the objectives and progress, or lack thereof, toward them. Skorkowsky must break down performance figures by school and “hold his leadership team accountable,” the policy states.
The policy mostly consists of less quantitative goals, such as more professional development for school staff. However, many measurable standards have been set, including a specific reduction in the gap of students proficient in math and reading between Caucasians and minorities.
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