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More Seniors on the Path to Graduation in Hillsborough County Public Schools

November 09, 2017

For Immediate Release

Contact: Tanya Arja
Office of Communications
813-272-4060

 

More Seniors on the Path to Graduation in Hillsborough County Public Schools

Tampa, Fla. – (November 9, 2017) – Through a new effort launched this year, 750 more seniors in Hillsborough County Public Schools are now on track to graduate after earning a crucial reading score on the SAT.

On October 11, our district offered a free opportunity to take the SAT during the school day, allowing seniors who had not yet met reading benchmarks for the FSA to take the SAT in school during the fall semester for the first time ever. The results are back and 750 seniors earned what the state calls “concordant scores,” which guarantee their reading scores are high enough to earn a diploma, regardless of how they do on future state tests.

Hillsborough County Public Schools has a bold goal of reaching a 90% graduation rate by the year 2020. The most recent graduation rate (2015-2016) for Hillsborough County Public Schools increased to 79.1%, a 3-percentage point increase over the prior year. Since Superintendent Jeff Eakins took the helm of Hillsborough County Public Schools, the graduation rate has continued to increase from 73.5% in 2013-2014, to 76% in 2014-2015 and now 79.1% in 2015-2016.

“I congratulate our seniors for achieving this next step to earning their diploma. Our teachers and staff at our schools and across the district are ensuring all students have opportunities to succeed. Earning a high school diploma will be life changing for these students,” said Superintendent Jeff Eakins.

 

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