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City of Las Vegas Puts Data - and Progress - Online

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The graduation rate of Hispanic students at Valley High School in 2015/16 was almost 70 percent. This is just below the percentage of Asian graduates.

That same year, the graduation rate for black students at Valley was 58 percent.

And for the last two years, West Prep has graduated more than 90 percent of their students.

The overall graduation rate in Las Vegas is 66.3 percent.

These are some of the details I learned this week from the City of Las Vegas' data driven website, Called Results Vegas.

I’ve also learned that the city is behind its planned schedule in improving the value of real property.

There are even areas to find how much the city pays to maintain its golf courses, how to file various documents, and how the city is doing in providing alternative transportation.

The site is a couple of years old, but last week a major component was added to it. The new portal makes public each department's strategic plans, and then grades them on whether they are on task or need work in achieving those plans.

Any Las Vegas or Clark County resident who wants to monitor what the city is doing can easily do so at Results Vegas.

"The city is really committed to using data to drive results so this was just the next step in that," said City of Las Vegas administrative officer Victoria Carreon. 

Carreon said the website came out of the city's inclusion in an initiative from the Bloomberg Foundation that promotes the use of data to direct change. She said inclusion in the program allowed the city to revamp its entire performance management system. 

While not everyone wants to spend an afternoon sifting through the minutiae of life in Las Vegas, Carreon believes a range of people from the media to students to business owners will use it.

"We're hoping that it is also used for economic development purposes that businesses who want to develop applications with the city's data can also access it freely," she said.

The city also has the code open to web developers. Carreon said the city isn't alone in allowing open code. 

"A lot of cities are doing this now," she said, "Where they're trying to provide some incentives for software developers to use city data to develop new applications that the city may not have the time or resources to develop but would be really helpful to residents."

Victoria Carreon, administrative officer, City of Las Vegas

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(EDITOR'S NOTE: Carrie Kaufman no longer works for KNPR News. She left in April 2018)