Hillsborough Schools Achievement Zone
Dear members of our schools and local community,
After careful research, studying districts in Florida and throughout the country, as well as thinking through our own lessons learned, we have decided to make a change around the way we provide support to our students in high needs schools. We will be transitioning to a strategy that is better-aligned and will allow us to concentrate resources for our students in a more streamlined and focused way.
We will call this new model of support the Hillsborough Schools Achievement Zone.
Decisions on which schools will be in the Achievement Zone and receive this focused support will be based on data, and the specific schools have not been determined yet.
The zone is not a physical place — it does not mean any sudden boundary changes or student moves. The Achievement Zone is a strategy. We are designing it hand-in-hand with you, our stakeholders, to deliver concentrated support for our schools that need the most focus to accelerate student achievement.
Schools in the zone will receive equitable treatment as we work to raise students’ proficiency levels and gains, as well as overall school grades. We cannot expect anything other than continuous growth from every student and A and B grades for every school in our district — and we will implement practices related to talent, culture, instruction, innovation, and leadership that look and feel different in order to achieve these sustainable results.
In recent years, we have made many moves in positive directions and tested multiple strategies to find the right way to make sure all our schools are getting the support they need. Support has to be tailored to a particular school and its students. Our data shows notable progress: Achievement gaps are shrinking and our students’ reading skills are improving. We have taken many smart steps. Now it is time to take giant leaps.
During the next few weeks, you will hear more about the Achievement Zone and how you can get involved in providing input. An advisory team of school, community, and district stakeholders will meet in the coming days to begin the input process. That meeting will be followed by teacher and student advisory groups and many information sessions, including a School Board workshop on May 8.
Thank you in advance for helping our district transform schools in order to transform lives.