Teachers, administrators and students are working hard to accomplish a graduation goal that was established in 2015 by Hillsborough County Public Schools.
The goal is to have 90% of students graduate by 2020. The more students who graduate with a high school diploma, the more students who are on track to pursue careers and college which will lead to a stable and productive community for our future.
The graduation rates have been steadily increasing since 2014 and are now at 79%. The 90% graduation rate by 2020 is also a national goal that was originally set forth by the Obama administration. A report from America’s Promise, an education advocacy group, shows the U.S. high school graduation rate has risen to a record high of 81.4%.
Driven by the School District’s strategic plan, educators have identified the leading indicators that predict successful graduation, such as good attendance, behavior, and course performance as well as kindergarten readiness.
Educators monitor these key areas that impact graduation and intervene when students are at risk. Then, strategies are implemented to help students overcome their challenges and achieve the goal of graduation.
“We are still working hard and remain focused on our goal of a 90% graduation rate by the year 2020. Let’s work together to keep students motivated and inspired. The success of our students is our most important goal,” said Jeff Eakins, Superintendent, Hillsborough County Public Schools.