EDUCATION

Miami-Dade’s education system has made incredible strides. Our public school district has received national recognition for improved student performance and sound leadership and our collegiate institutions are expanding rapidly.

 

Access to quality education is critical for preparing children and young adults to be successful contributors to society. Our collective investment in every young person’s development, regardless of income level or cultural background, will yield a higher quality of life for them and all Miamians.

 

We identified the three goals and metrics below as good targets for our success:

EDUCATION GOAL

Goal: Miami-Dade Children Have Access to a Quality Education

WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?

High quality primary and secondary schools are associated with successful student outcomes.

WHAT ELSE IS AFFECTED?

Poor quality schools threaten a community’s future workforce by failing to provide students with the skills necessary to thrive as adults. Additionally, high quality schools attract both residents and businesses to a community.

INSTRUCTIONAL EXPENDITURES PER STUDENT
The availability of instructional resources is an important contributor to the quality of a school.
Miami-Dade County spends less per pupil than the U.S. average.
Source: National Center for Education Statistics
Data Showing: Central County / National

% OF CLASSES TAUGHT BY HIGHLY QUALIFIED TEACHERS
Effective teachers are the single most important factor in furthing student achievement.
Miami-Dade County has a high rate of qualified teachers, but a lower rate than the US. And, the county rate has fallen in two years.
Source: Florida Department of Education
Data Showing: Central County / State

SCHOOL RATING
High quality schools improve the academic performance of all students. Miami-Dade has a smaller percentage of top-rated schools than Florida, and the County percentage has fallen during the past two years. Source: Florida Department of EducationData Showing: Central County / State

MAGNET SCHOOL ENROLLMENT AS % OF TOTAL
Magnet schools can provide students with specialized instruction in areas such as arts and science. Magnet schools can also be a powerful tool in creating diverse student bodies.
Miami-Dade county has a very high percentage of students attending magnet schools.
Source: Florida Department of Education
Data Showing: Central County / State

% share in degree programs in STEM at colleges
Regions rich with Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM) talent possess a formidable competitive advantage in supporting and recruiting innovative companies.
On a per capita basis, colleges and universities in Miami-Dade County award fewer STEM post-secondary degrees than the US average and most comparable regions.
Source: National Science Foundation
Data Showing: Central County

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Goal: Miami-Dade Students of All Ages Thrive Academically

WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?

Learning is a cumulative process. Each stage of education prepares for subsequent academic efforts and for finding a job.

WHAT ELSE IS AFFECTED?

Individuals without the skills necessary to contribute to a region’s workforce are at a high risk for unemployment, which can pose a drain on public resources. Higher rates of unemployment hurt individuals, families and communities.

4TH GRADE PROFICIENCY LEVELS (Out of 500)
One of the primary purposes of primary and secondary education is to ensure that all students obtain basic reading and math skills.
Miami-Dade County students achieve reading and math scores that are comparable to U.S. averages.
Source: National Center for Education Statistics
Data Showing: Central County / National

% of adults enrolled in college
Today’s students ultimately become tomorrow’s skilled workforce.
Nearly 10% of Miami-Dade County residents age 18 and older are enrolled in college, a slightly higher proportion than the US average.
No significant change anticipated
Source: US Census American Community Survey
Data Showing: Central County

High School Graduation Rates (4-year Cohort)
Successfully completing high school is increasingly the first major milestone in obtaining the skills necessary to fully participate in the workforce.
High school graduation rates in Miami-Dade County are improving. 76% of students graduated from high school in Miami-Dade County. However, our graduation rate is lower than the US average and other major metros.
Source: Individual State Departments of Education.
Data Showing: Metro-level

EDUCATIONAL ATTAINMENT OF WORKING AGE (25-64) POPULATION
Higher levels of education are associated with higher employment rates and higher incomes.
Miami-Dade’s working-age population is less likely to not graduate from high school or stop schooling after high school. Still, educational attainment is improving.
Source: US Census American Community Survey
Data Showing: Central County

Post-Secondary Enrollment Rate
High-school is the first step in obtaining gainful employment. Attending college or university significantly increases one’s employment prospects.
A high percentage of high school graduates in Miami-Dade County go on to college.
In 2009/2011, Miami high school graduates were less likely than their counterparts in the rest of the state to pursue college. Today, they are more likely.
Source: Florida Department of Education, Bureau of Labor Statistics
Data Showing: Central County

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Goal: Miami-Dade Attracts & Retains College Graduates

WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?

A region’s capacity to provide employers with sufficient talent is critical in sustaining economic growth.

WHAT ELSE IS AFFECTED?

Regions with high levels of talent create more dynamic economies that benefit all residents.

Unemployment Rate for College-Educated Adults
The availability of employment opportunities helps educated workers and attracts new talent to a region.
Miami-Dade County workers with less education have higher unemployment, but those with college degrees are more likely to be unemployed than in other comparable metros.
Unemployment will likely be even lower in 2015
Source: US Census American Community Survey
Data Showing: Central County

Net Migration of College Educated Professionals (per 1K)
Thriving regions are typically net importers of talent.
Miami-Dade County enjoys a high rate of in-migration of college-educated people. But, we don’t attract as many people on a per capita basis as San Diego or Houston.
Source: US Census American Community Survey
Data Showing: Central County

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