MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The transformation of Miami Jackson Senior High is complete.

Two years ago, the school which serves mostly inner city youth, received an “F” rating by the state. The following year they showed some improvement and moved their score to a “D”.

In 2011, after numerous program changes, the school received a “B” grade from the state, but that wasn’t good enough for district school officials who appealed the ruling.

And they won.

In conducting their review, the Department of Education’s appeals committee and leadership recalculated the school’s grade after including dual enrollment courses that were reported by the district, but were not originally counted in the accelerated participation and performance measures for the school.

By verifying that dual enrollment courses at non-public postsecondary institutions should be counted for high school grades and that they should have been counted in the calculation of this school’s 2011 school grade, the appeals panel changed the school’s final grade from a “B” to an “A”.

Another school which also serves inner city students, Miami Southridge Senior High in South Miami Heights, also received an “A” grade.

Comments (3)
  1. Warren says:

    I DON’T BELIEVE IT FOR A MINUTE!!! Public school ratings in Dade County (and the US for that matter) remain HIGHLY SUSPECT. We know how such “results” are manipulated to give the appearance of “success”. There is way too much of a history of corruption and mismanagement in (among other areas) the public school system, particularly in Miami-Dade, to lend any credibility to such claims as the article would lead us to believe, especially within such a short period of time. A FULL DISCLOSURE of the basis of this would, no doubt, reveal a much different story and use of irrelevant factors in making that assertion.

    No one would be happier to hear of legitimate success in our schools that I, but there will have to be some compelling evidence to support the what the article wants us to believe.

    1. Erika says:

      Warren, I understand YOU might not believe it… but considering the fact that I am a student at MJSHS, I do. As a current senior at this school I know first hand what it took for us to achieve this grade, and it was not easy.
      The last couple of years were NOT a breeze, specially getting used to the big flip Jackson had to go through to be able to make things better. There is no way that with the hard work that my peers and I have put in, all those scores could have been manipulated.

      You are entitled to your own opinions, but suspecting is not going to cut it… so until further details have surfaced..

      MY SCHOOL WILL BE AN “A” SCHOOL! because we deserve it and because we are awesome like that. =)
      And yes..
      ..yes the new administration, specially Mr. Cazañas had a big role in helping achieve this glory, but it would not have been possible without the students!

      =) you have a nice day warren, but, please stop being a Debbie Downer.. no one likes those.

  2. Mark says:

    So does that mean this school isn’t an ETO school anymore?

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