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For a third year in a row there are no ‘F’-rated schools in Miami-Dade County.
The annual School Performance Grades were released by the Florida Department of Education on Thursday.
Ninety-nine percent of Miami-Dade schools received an ‘A’, ‘B’ or ‘C’ rating in 2019.
Miami-Dade Superintendent Alberto Carvalho, celebrated these results in a news conference and stressed the plans for growth in the upcoming school year.
“The challenge is about outperforming where we now stand,” Carvalho said.
As the Superintendent celebrated Miami’s 62% lead above the state’s school average of ‘A’ rated schools, he mentioned the importance of teachers in this continuing success.
“It’s about continuing to compensate adequately our teachers who have delivered these stellar results,” he said.
Teachers of Howard Drive Elementary focused on meeting and connecting with students this past school year, leaving them with an “A” rating this year, after facing a “C” rating last year.
“What we did this year was we really focused on our instructions so we can meet any of the students,” said principal Deana Dalby. “We have a high speed population so that was our goal. We really went towards inclusive practices, and move in that direction, and as you can see we went from a C to an A.”
A higher percentage of Miami-Dade County Public Schools were “A”-rated in 2019 than statewide and in neighboring Broward and Palm-Beach counties.