Dental schools in Miami-Dade County have been the best performing school systems in the country, according to the latest state-by-state rankings published on Monday.
Miami-Dades public schools received an overall score of 4.7 out of 5, beating out the four states that came closest to it, according with the Center for Excellence in Education (CEE).
Lauderdale also got a 4.5 out of the 5, while Palm Beach Gardens got a 5.0 out of five, according CEE.
Miami-Fiesta received a score of 5.5, while Miami Gardens received a 4 of 5 overall.
The rankings come after years of low-scoring schools and a lack of quality in some schools.
CEE President Joe Meehan said in a statement that schools across the country need to do more to keep students healthy and educate them on appropriate oral hygiene and dental care.
“These rankings are a critical step in making our dental schools and community schools safer, healthier and more inclusive,” Meehans said.
“We need to ensure that our dental students are taking the right steps to maintain and improve their oral health, and that we are not leaving them in the dark when it comes to protecting their oral integrity.”
Meehan and his colleagues from CEE said that the DDSS is now one of the top performing dental schools in the nation.
The school has seen its overall score rise by 5 points since 2016, to 5.3, according the ranking.
That’s up from a score that stood at 5.1 in 2017.
Miami’s schools have also been performing better than the national average, according Meehm.
In fact, Miami’s DDS has seen a 10 point increase in overall score over the past five years, and the average increase in that same period has been 12 points, according.