Miami-Dade public schools achieve record graduation rate
Miami-Dade County Public Schools’ (M-DCPS) graduation rate has reached a record of 80.4 percent for the 2015-2016 academic year, exceeding the graduation rates of other Districts including Broward, Hillsborough, and Duval county.
The 2015/16 academic year graduation rate is 2.3 percent higher than the 78.1 percent attained in the 2014/15 graduation. The 2015/16 graduation rate is the highest rate M-DCPS has achieved since the Florida Department of Education began tracking graduation statistics with modern methods in the late 1990’s. The District’s graduation rate has increased by almost 22 percent from 58.7 percent in 2006-2007.
Miami-Dade’s graduation rates for White, Black and Hispanic students also exceeded those of the State.
“The graduation rates recently released by the Florida Department of Education demonstrate that student academic progress in Miami-Dade County Public Schools continues to rise,” said Superintendent of Schools Alberto M. Carvalho. “Our school district’s record-high graduation rate is a direct result of instructional rigor, teaching ingenuity, and education professionals who care about every student in every classroom. With a staggering, nearly 22 percent increase in the graduation rate since 2007, the three largest ethnic subgroups in Miami-Dade surpassed their counterparts across the State. Parents, teachers, school leaders, and the entire community can take great pride in this remarkable and historic accomplishment.”
Carvalho attribute’s the District’s impressive graduation rate to several strategies. These include; a comprehensive tracking tool that monitors student progress through high school to ensure students meet established graduation requirements; assistance from Student Services staff to students as early as 9th grade to ensure they are completing requirements on time; and enrichment programs with a strong focus on literacy that prepare students to meet State assessment graduation requirements.