EdisonLearning reports improved academic performance in Clark County

December 14, 2012 by Trevon Milliard

Las Vegas - EdisonLearning is making gains at the half dozen Clark County public schools it has operated for more than a decade, and not a moment too soon. None of the schools met federal No Child Left Behind's standards in 2010-11, but EdisonLearning had good news for Clark County School Board members at their meeting Thursday: Five schools made the grade in 2011-12 as academic performance rose.

"This improvement doesn't happen by chance," said Marsha Irvin, senior director of achievement for EdisonLearning. "It's by design."

A few months ago, the School Board made a controversial decision to renew its contract with the New York-based for-profit management company. But the vote came with the stipulation that the schools must improve or the partnership would be over in two years.

"I'm very pleased at the progress happening at those schools," Superintendent Dwight Jones said. "I appreciate that you're stepping up to the plate."

School Board members echoed his sentiment. "What you've been able to do is huge," Board President Linda Young said.

That being said, there's still room for improvement and a demand for it. The percentage of students classified as below grade level must be annually reduced by 10 percent, a benchmark EdisonLearning officials assert they can meet. The 2012-13 school year will be the start of the two-year contract extension.