Miami-Dade County Public Schools received top marks in the latest school grades for the second year in a row.
The Florida Department of Education on Thursday gave the district a grade of “A” for the
2018-19 year, for the second time in the history of the Florida School Performance Grades.
For the third year in a row, there are no “F”-rated traditional schools at the district. Forty-seven percent of Miami-Dade schools received “A” ratings in 2019. In comparison, the statewide percentage was 36 percent. Forty-seven percent is also a higher percentage than all other large Florida districts; including Broward, Duval, Hillsborough, Palm Beach and Orange.
On School Board Member Steve Gallon's Facebook page, he made a simple post: "District 1 has NO F or D Schools. Two years in a row. Let's go!"
Schools Superintendent Alberto M. Carvalho. said the Miami-Dade County Public Schools family and the community should celebrate the "historic moment.”
“This achievement resoundingly demonstrates the great commitment of our students, teachers, school and District leaders, and support staff, as well as the inspired leadership of our School Board,” Carvalho said.
Senior high schools in the district outperformed those statewide, with 16 percent receiving “A” ratings, compared to 14 percent statewide.
Miami-Dade schools also received higher ratings than the state and the other large counties when examining the percentage of schools combined across “A” and “B” ratings; and across “A”, “B” and “C” ratings.
“As Chair and on behalf of my colleagues on the School Board, I could not be prouder of these school performance results,” said Miami-Dade School Board Chair Perla Tabares Hantman in a statement. “The designation of M-DCPS as an “A” rated district for the second year in a row speaks volumes about the commitment and dedication to excellence exhibited by every teacher, administrator, support staff person and of course our students and their parents.”
The number of “D” schools was reduced from five in 2018 to just one in 2019. The school was one percentage point away from being a “C.”
The Florida Department of Education calculates school grades annually based on up to 11 components, including student achievement and learning gains on statewide, standardized assessments and high school graduation rate. School grades provide parents and the public an easily understandable way to measure the performance of a school and understand how well each school is serving its students.