(Las Vegas, NV)  —  Clark County students are not doing as well on the state’s mandatory reading proficiency tests.  That’s according to school district officials, who say a tougher exam and higher standards are to blame for a drop in reading scores, especially among middle and high school students.  Officials believe the tougher tests will make students better-prepared for the future. 

The state’s math tests will require a higher passing score next year, and Superintendent Dwight Jones has promised more help for teachers along with a focus on literacy in the early grades.  School board president Carolyn Edwards says there should be “no excuses” to “get the job done.”


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