More graduates from Hillsborough County Public Schools (HCPS) are ready for college upon graduation, according to the latest results from Florida’s Common Placement Tests.
The college-readiness rate for HCPS 2012 graduates who attended college in Florida rose to 72.5 percent, up from 69.1 percent the previous year. The HCPS rate is more than six percentage points higher than the state rate of 66.4, and is higher than all Tampa Bay area school districts and the state’s largest districts.
“This is great news in a district that is focused on college and career readiness,’’ said Hillsborough School Superintendent MaryEllen Elia. “For a high school diploma to be meaningful, you should be able to get into college and be ready to do college-level work. More and more of our students are achieving that goal.”
The Common Placement Test results measure the reading, writing, and math abilities of Florida high school graduates who go on to attend Florida colleges or community colleges. They are considered a key indicator because the majority of Florida high school graduates go on to attend Florida colleges. However, the results likely underestimate the college-readiness of Florida high school graduates since they do not include students who might post some of the higher scores, such as students who attend colleges out of state or private colleges.
Within HCPS, Plant High School led the way with 86.8 percent passing all three subjects on the Common Placement Test. Tampa Bay Technical High School showed tremendous improvement, increasing more than 7 percentage points, from 67.7 percent to 75.4 percent. Robinson High School graduates showed similar improvement, increasing from 79.3 percent for 2011 graduates to 86.6 percent for the 2012 graduates.
In the Tampa Bay area, Pinellas graduates posted a 70.1 percent passing rate on all three subjects, Pasco posted 68.1 percent, Polk posted 58.4 percent, and Manatee posted 68.3 percent.
Among Florida’s largest school districts, Miami-Dade posted a 60.8 percent passing rate, Broward posted 63.6 percent, Duval posted 62.6 percent, Orange posted 60.2 percent, and Palm Beach posted 68.6 percent passing rate in all three subject areas.
For the full Common Placement Tests report, go to the Florida Department of Education website at http://www.fldoe.org/articulation/perfCPT/