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LAS VEGAS (KXNT/AP) —Nevada and Clark County schools saw improved graduation rates for 2013, due in part to a correction in accounting procedures.

The state’s graduation rate jumped more than seven percentage points, and Clark County’s more than ten points in a single year.

Nevada Department of Education officials announced Monday that nearly 71 percent of the class of 2013 graduated high school. That’s up from 63 percent among the class of 2012.

The graduation rate for Clark County School District students was 71.5 percent compared to 61 percent in the previous year.  Officials say much of the county’s increase was due to a correction in the way CCSD tracks students. Previously, students transferring out of the district were included with thoses who dropped out.

Gov. Brian Sandoval says the rate still needs to improve, but says the data is a firm indication that Nevada is moving in the right direction. He says efforts to reduce class sizes, improve services to English language learners and implementing all-day kindergarten programs will yield more gains.

The biggest gains showed up among Hispanic students, who posted a graduation rate that was nearly 10 percentage points higher than it was in 2012.

The state has been using the same graduation rate formula since 2011.

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