Despite the retention of thousands of low-achieving students last year, 57% of Miami-Dade third-graders scored at the highest three of the FCAT's five achievement levels, up from 53% last year. School officials pointed to Miami-Dade's growing population of poor and non-English-speaking students to explain why the district continues to lag behind other urban districts in the state.
Florida education officials in both Miami-Dade and Broward counties are investigating possible errors in the way FCAT exams were scored or taken in schools that historically have demonstrated lackluster performance.
The Knowledge is Power Program offers low-income students the right mix of academic challenge, good teaching and discipline, and should be adopted by more low-income schools, columnist Jay Matthews says.
The Miami-Dade County School Board yesterday approved a compromise plan to save the district's summer school program for students who are struggling academically. Superintendent Merrett Stierheim had attempted to cut the program to reduce costs.
Miami-Dade County Public Schools officials will vote Sept. 26 on whether to dismiss Superintendent Roger Cuevas. Although Cuevas has raised average FCAT scores significantly and revived the national image of the district during his five-year tenure, questions have been raised about his performance. At least three school board members support Cuevas' dismissal.