Washoe County high schools ranked in the middle of the pack


Photo by Nicholas Stack
Fernando Mendez, a junior at North Valleys High School in north Reno, Nev., attends class on Sept. 25, 2013 / Photo by Nicholas Stack

Last week the Washoe County School District (WCSD) released its 2013 Performance Framework that ranks Washoe’s schools in order to be “a vehicle for improvement”. According to its criteria, WCSD found that the majority of its high schools fall near the median.

On a system based out of five stars —one being the lowest rating, five the highest— WCSD’s 13 high schools have a combined average score of 3.5.

Five high schools had three stars, four had four stars, and two had five and two stars, respectively. (Note: Truckee Meadows Community College (TMMC) was rated on a score of 78, rather than the full 100 points, because they do not have freshmen and sophomores classes.)

WCSD’s framework is based on a multifaceted formula that determines a school’s rankings based on the following factors: academic performance on standardized math and English tests, how students perform in math and English, and how people in poverty-stricken areas are improving.

According to WCSD, the framework is used to explain how students in each school are performing. The tool is then used to determine how the district allocates resources. For example, a one-star school would receive resources before a four-star school.

In order to be a receive a five-star rating, schools must receive at least 77 points out of 100; four-star schools must receive at least 50 points, and scores less than 32 get a one-star rating. TMCC and the Academy of Arts, Careers, and Technology (AACT) received the highest ranking, while Sparks and Hug had the worst rankings at two stars.

Click here for the WCSD’s full list of school rankings, including elementary and middle schools