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State of the District Press Conference

June 29th, 2015 Comments off

On July 1, Superintendent Jeff Eakins officially takes over as head of Hillsborough County Public Schools. School Board members and Superintendent Eakins have been working over the last three months to identify the district’s key priorities, which include increasing student engagement and tackling the critical issues facing our students. Superintendent Eakins has also formed his leadership team who will oversee the district’s strategic plan and put a focus on student achievement.
On Wednesday, July 1, at 11 a.m., in the School Board auditorium, Superintendent Eakins, School Board members, and district staff will lay out the vision for the school district and address how staff intends to achieve these goals. For any organization to be successful, it has to set clear goals and be held accountable for reaching those goals. The School Board auditorium is located at 901 E. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa.

Negotiations Continue with Teachers Union

June 26th, 2015 Comments off

Hillsborough County Public Schools and the Hillsborough Classroom Teachers Association (HCTA) will continue negotiations, as follows:
• 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, June 29: Instructional Services Center room 101 – 2920 N. 40th St., Tampa
• CANCELED – Tuesday, June 30: HCTA – 3102 N. Habana Ave., Tampa
• 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 22: HCTA – 3102 N. Habana Ave., Tampa
• 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 28: HCTA – 3102 N. Habana Ave., Tampa

Hillsborough Students Beat State Average on Algebra and Language Arts Exams

June 26th, 2015 Comments off

Hillsborough County students exceeded the state average on both the Algebra I end-of-course exam as well as the English Language Arts assessment, according to scores released Friday by the Florida Department of Education. The Hillsborough students’ 5-percentage-point gain in the Algebra assessment was the biggest increase among Tampa Bay area school districts and the state’s largest districts.

The scores show that 69 percent of Hillsborough County students passed the Algebra I end-of-course exam compared to 64 percent last year, while statewide 67 percent passed. Among Tampa Bay area school districts, Pasco posted a 68 percent passing rate, while Pinellas and Polk posted 56 percent passing rates.
While the state is proceeding with an examination of the state’s new Florida Standards Assessment this year to answer questions about the reliability of the tests and results, the Algebra and Language Arts assessments still are requirements for graduation. Students who failed the assessments will have multiple opportunities to earn the scores they need.

On the English Language Arts assessment, 55 percent of Hillsborough County students earned a passing score, while the statewide average was 54 percent. On the local level, Pasco had a 57 percent passing rate, Pinellas had a 55 percent passing rate, and Polk students posted a 44 percent passing rate.
Hillsborough Schools Acting Superintendent Jeff Eakins noted the big increase in the Algebra I scores for Hillsborough students.
“Congratulations to our students and teachers, and their support team,” Eakins said. “The results on the Algebra I and English Language Arts assessments are impressive, especially given all the distractions around testing this year.”