Less than a third of Clark County schools made the grade under No Child Left Behind in the 2011-12 academic year, marking a new low for the country's fifth-largest district.
Although a record low, the decline in local schools meeting federal requirements is nothing new.
In 2008-09, 190 schools passed No Child Left Behind. It was 151 schools the next year, then 139 schools. Now, 118 out of 385 schools, including charters, made it over the federal bar, which has been raised every year, making catch-up even harder.
"For that reason, it's not a surprise," said School Board President Linda Young, noting that the results provide valuable information though she considers the grading system "unfair."