TAMPA, FL – Hillsborough County Public Schools is celebrating another set of impressive assessment scores that topped the state average in key areas including algebra, geometry, biology, civics and US history.

Despite pandemic-related stressors, including student absences and teacher vacancies, scores rose in all subjects.

  • Civic education: score of 72%, up 11 percentage points
  • Algebra: 60% score, an increase of 6%
  • Geometry: 53% score, a jump of 7%
  • US History: Score of 69%, a jump of 2 percentage points
  • Biology: score of 62%, an increase of 2%

The district’s algebra, biology, civics, and U.S. history assessment results represent the highest scores among comparable and contiguous districts (Broward, Miami-Dade counties , Duval, Palm Beach, Orange, Pinellas, Manatee, Pasco and Polk). Grades 5 and 6 science saw an increase of 2 and 1 percentage points, respectively.

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“These data represent the tireless commitment shown by our teachers, support staff and leaders to student success,” said Superintendent Addison Davis. “As we continue our quest to bounce back from the negative effects of the past two years, it is evident that we are leveraging our resources effectively through the hands of our talented and dedicated educators.”

These scores follow equally impressive assessment performance in math, which rose overall and exceeded the state average in key areas. Grades 3-8 math scores increased 4%, while Algebra 1 performance increased 6%.

The performance of African-American and Hispanic students jumped 6% in math. The district has also largely maintained English and Language Arts (ELA) assessment scores.


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