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Hillsborough County Public Schools Ranks as Top-Rated Large School District in America

HCPS Ranks as Top-Rated Large School District in America

April 10, 2018 - Points of Pride

Hillsborough County Public Schools students are out-performing their peers across the country, as they are ranked as a top-rated school district in America.  This designation is annotated by the "Nation's Report Card", and is reflective of the significant results that were announced Tuesday by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).The Trial Urban District Assessment (TUDA) scores released Tuesday, April 10, include reading and math scores from 27 urban school districts around the nation, including Boston, Los Angeles, Austin, Atlanta, Charlotte-Mecklenburg, Houston, Miami-Dade and others.  

Overall, Hillsborough’s students maintained a high level of performance, most significantly, 4th graders tied for first place nationally in reading and math, while 8th graders tied for first place in reading and second place in math nationwide. The students continue to outperform public school students in other large school districts.


“I am thrilled for our students, our teachers and staff. These results show our students are excelling in the classroom and can compete with students across the country. Our increased graduation rate and now these significant results show students, from our early learners all the way to our high school students are paving the way to a successful future,” said Superintendent Jeff Eakins.

Leaders in Tampa’s business community are celebrating the success, seeing a clear connection between these results and our area’s power to compete for economic development and growth in the future.  “One of the top selection criteria for companies evaluating Hillsborough County for relocation or expansion is the availability of highly skilled talent and a robust pipeline of well-educated students coming from our local K-12 and higher education systems,” said Craig J. Richard, CEcD, president and CEO of the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation.  EDC staff members spotlight three key reasons this news is vital to Tampa Bay’s progress:

  • Talent is the number one concern for companies looking to grow in our area –talent both currently in the workforce and in the pipeline for the future.

  • Tampa is one of the top three destinations in the USA for millennials, and the quality of education is a crucial concern for those young families.

  • Job growth is exceptionally high in Tampa, with the highest number of open STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) jobs in Florida – high-performing students are able to excel in these careers

“This ranking strengthens our region’s competitiveness and helps us to attract the high paying jobs that will ensure our long term economic prosperity,” Richard said.

In addition to achieving the highest graduation rate in the history of the district (82.9%), we have also been steadily closing the achievement gap, with a graduation rate increase in all key areas over last year, including African American students (up 4.9% percentage points over last year), Hispanic students (up 4.9%), Exceptional Education students (up 6.1%) and English Language Learners (up 8.8%).

 For more information about our district TUDA scores, visit   

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