Hillsborough County Students Excel on National Reading and Math Tests

Announcement from MaryEllen Elia, Superintendent of Hillsborough County Public Schools

Today the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) announced the new math and reading scores for fourth and eighth grade for the Trial Urban District Assessment (TUDA).

The Hillsborough County Public Schools results are tremendous!

This is the first time that we have participated in TUDA, which compares scores for 21 urban districts across the nation. All the scores are available on our website at www.sdhc.k12.fl.us/tuda/. Here is one of the best examples, so you can see some of the districts that also participate in TUDA.

A little bit of background: We have participated in NAEP (commonly referred to as The Nation’s Report Card) for decades. Those results are reported on the national and state level. TUDA is an initiative of NAEP, and the TUDA scores are reported at the district level.

Our results are impressive across the board, including the various subgroups.

Here’s what Education Commissioner had to say after he reviewed the scores: “I applaud the students in Hillsborough County who have shown they can perform at the highest levels in the nation on NAEP Reading,” said Education Commissioner Gerard Robinson. “Under Superintendent Elia’s leadership, I expect that students in both fourth and eighth grade will continue to outperform their national counterparts.”

We are touting our students’ performance with the scores on our website and on the district’s new YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/hcpsvideochannel.  Also, we have provided a number of charts and graphs on the district website on a page devoted to these scores at www.sdhc.k12.fl.us/tuda/.

These scores show that our students, teachers, principals, staff, and our district leadership are getting tremendous results in the classroom. When we all work together, we get great results.