Putting Education Reform To The Test

An Exercise in Percentages, Graphing for Students on Election Day

Breakthrough Miami

Diana Viart (5th grade), Leiny Otero (6th grade) and Estafania Lucero (5th grade) take notes during an interview outside of a precinct.

Miami-Dade students were working hard on Election Day.

Students who are part of the Breakthrough Miami summer and after school program visited precinct 538 — because it’s walking distance from their campus, Ransom Everglades School.

They surveyed voters and processed the data themselves for a math exercise in percentages and graphing.

You know we’re suckers for data, and we love that young Florida students were getting into the spirit of the elections.

Here are their results — in the form of graphs they made — from 64 exit poll surveys at precinct 538.

By Diana Viart, 5th grade

I asked people to fill out an exit survey. Some of them did but others were just rude and walked away. The precinct clerk said that we had to be 75 to 100ft away from the polls and wait until voters were done.  He said this was the law. So we decided to split into groups and ask the people as they were walking away from the polls.

I met a nice person who filled it out with no problem. Her name was Francis Domingo. Francis Domingo, a Dominican women, talked about why is so important to vote. We also talked about education and how she was not sure about education but she support’s kids. “Children do need education if they are going to make something of their life. They can be doctors lawyers, teachers,” she said.

Editor’s note: This passage was written by Breakthrough Miami scholar Diana Viart, a fifth grade student at Shenandoah Elementary School. 


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