Las Vegas, NV
The Las Vegas, NV, Grade-Level Reading Campaign is recognized as a 2014 Pacesetter for making measurable progress on student attendance outcomes. Las Vegas has increased perfect attendance at McWilliams Elementary School by 14% and reduced truancy (chronic absence) notifications for African American and special needs students by 5%.
In collaboration with the Clark County School District, the local Campaign is implementing several high-yield strategies to address and reduce chronic absenteeism. These include school-level messaging, modeling and incentives to nurture a culture and cultivate the habits of excellent attendance; and Positive Priority Early Outreach starting at the beginning of the school year to prevent chronic absence.
The Las Vegas GLR Campaign reaches approximately 12,500 low-income children. In partnership with the Clark County School District, the Campaign regularly tracks the percent of K-3 students from low-income families who are chronically absent as a key measure of its overall impact on student outcomes. Reflecting on the community’s progress since it joined the Campaign in 2012, local GLR Lead, Dr. Lisa Morris Hibbler, commented, “The City of Las Vegas remains committed to addressing the achievement gap of students in the urban core. Students must be in class to learn, so it made sense to develop attendance campaigns that promote and reward attendance. We are extremely excited about the initial results and are replicating the model into 12 elementary schools.”
The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading proudly recognizes the shared ownership for the progress in Las Vegas among the following members of the local sponsoring coalition:
- City of Las Vegas
- City Year (Las Vegas)
- Clark County School District
- Las Vegas-Clark County Library District
- The Public Education Foundation
- United Way of Southern Nevada
- University of Nevada, Las Vegas