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Miami-Dade Gets Passing Grade on National Report Card

The nation’s report card is available, and the majority of the grades are Ds and Fs.

Students in the 4th and 8th grades around the nation are tested on their math and reading skills as part of the National Assessment of Educational Progress. The figures are bad compared to 2018, the year before the outbreak, but not in Miami-Dade County Public Schools.

“There is no doubt that we need to do more. At a news conference on Monday, Superintendent Dr. Jose Dotres said, “We focused on proficiency levels and on continuing to close the achievement gap, but we have to celebrate the fact that when you look at the results, our school district did not lose ground or experience those significant academic losses that you see across school districts.

For instance, national reading competence decreased by three points in each grade, while national math competency fell by five points among 4th graders and eight points among 8th graders in 2022 from 2019. However, Miami-Dade placed first in reading and math in fourth grade, second in math in eighth grade, and third in both reading and math in eighth grade.

According to Dotres, the figures need to be considerably better.

He declared, “Without a doubt, we will be concentrating on the competency across all grade levels of our pupils.

Florida ranked seventh overall in math scores for the fourth grade, but only 34th in math for the eighth grade, making it difficult to draw any conclusions about the performance of states who reopened their schools earlier or later in the epidemic. While some states, like California, launched their schools later, they performed better in some areas. Dotres claims that Miami-statistics Dade’s show that investing in teachers pays off and notes that the district already has its state “A” rating.

Now that Miami-Dade is ranking and maintaining that level of success in national comparative rankings, Dotres remarked, “If this is not a symbol of the value of school to this community, nothing else is.” In the end, the success of Miami-Dade County Public Schools is entirely attributable to the caliber of its faculty.

The superintendent is currently presenting the renewal referendum issue to voters using the NAEP findings. It continues the 2018 vote that authorizes the district to enhance teacher pay through an increase in property taxes in order to attract and keep them.

In Florida, Miami-Dade, Duval, and Hillsborough counties participated in the NAEP testing. Broward was left out.

Cedric Blackwater
Cedric Blackwater
Cedric is a journalist with over a decade of experience reporting on local US news, and touching on many global topics. He is currently the lead writer for Bulletin News.

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