The Miami-Dade County Public Schools’ (M-DCPS) graduation rate reached an all-time high of 78.1 percent for the 2014-2015 academic year, exceeding the state average (77.8) and those of other large Florida school districts, including Broward, Hillsborough, Duval, and Orange counties.
This 1.5 point increase from last year’s rate of 76.6 marks the highest graduation rate M-DCPS has achieved since the Florida Department of Education began tracking graduation statistics with modern methods in the late 1990’s.
Miami-Dade graduation rates for White, Black and Hispanic students also exceeded those of the State.
“Student achievement in Miami-Dade County Public Schools is soaring, and recent graduation rates released by the State demonstrate the ongoing exceptional work of our students, teachers, and staff,” said Superintendent of Schools Alberto M. Carvalho. “Our efforts to ensure that students graduate and are prepared for college and careers mean that lifelong personal and professional successes are well within their reach. Parents, teachers, school leaders, and the entire school community can take pride in this impressive accomplishment.”
The District’s graduation rate continues to improve as a result of several strategies. A comprehensive tracking tool monitors student progress through high school to ensure students meet established graduation requirements. Student Services staff provides support to students as early as 9th grade and ensures they are completing requirements on time. Enrichment programs with a strong focus on literacy prepare students to meet State assessment graduation requirements.