A sign of excellence

 

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The School Superintendents Association affirmed what Miami-Dade County residents have seen with their own eyes: Superintendent Alberto Carvalho’s accomplishments on behalf of students countywide have been spectacular.

The association, a group of Mr. Carvalho’s peers, recently named him the country’s Superintendent of the Year for 2014. Mr. Carvalho accepted the honor with humility. But so many others can do the boasting for him — first and foremost, the students of Miami-Dade, who turned in a stellar performance last year, as shown by FCAT scores. Not a C or D school in the bunch.

That means that teachers and administrators, too, gave their all under the high-pressure circumstances of high-stakes testing.

Now, they all have to use these academic achievements to navigate a new curriculum that has yet to be fully vetted in the classroom. Having Mr. Carvalho at the helm makes it more likely that students will weather the uncertainty well.

Good grades and scores mean far more than talented students who are prepared to excel in higher grades and in college. A school system in which students are getting a quality education is crucial for the community’s economic growth, too. So says new Beacon Council President and CEO Larry Williams, who told the Editorial Board that the quality of schools is critical “if we expect businesses to stay, to expand and to relocate here.”

We know that he won’t, but Mr. Carvalho can take a bow.

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