Miami-Dade Schools’ grad rate continues to rise, sets new high

Miami-Dade County Public Schools’ (M-DCPS) graduation rate rose once again to 80.7 percent for the 2016-17 academic year.

This rate 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 1990s. The graduation rate rose despite the more rigorous Grade 10 Florida Standards Assessments English Language Arts component.

The district’s graduation rate has increased by 22 percent from 58.7 percent in 2006-07 to 80.7 percent in 2016-17, and if charter schools’ data is excluded, the graduation rate is 84.2. The district’s graduation rate for ESE students exceeded those of the state by 4.3 percentage points, and the rate for economically disadvantaged students exceeded those of the state by 2 percentage points.

“This is remarkable news for our school district, and it is a testament to the work and dedication of the M-DCPS family,” said Alberto Carvalho, superintendent of schools. “Despite tougher standards, our students continue to shine. The 2016-17 graduation rates for our school district are a direct result of the support of students’ families, the visionary leadership of our school board, and the instructional ingenuity of teachers and school leaders.”

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 ninth 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.

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