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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

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Three Hillsborough County Schools Honored for Outstanding Achievements

Three schools in Hillsborough County were recognized by the Florida Department of Education during today’s State Board of Education meeting in Tampa for their incredible accomplishments.

Muller Elementary Magnet, which has a student population of more than 68 percent who are economically disadvantaged, has maintained a state school grade of “A” for the last two years while at the same time meeting stringent federal requirements known as Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) for more than five years.

Temple Terrace Elementary, which has a student population of more than 57 percent who are economically disadvantaged, has made significant progress in closing the achievement gap between White and minority students for the last two years, maintained a state school grade of “A” for the last two years and has met AYP requirements for two consecutive years.

Terrace Community Middle School was recognized for its exemplary achievement in science. The school is a No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Blue Ribbon school and has received a state grade of “A” for six years with more than 80 percent of its students scoring proficient in science.

Department of Education Commissioner Dr. Eric J. Smith says of the schools:
“The students, teachers and administrators at these schools are showing not just our state, but also the nation, that educational excellence and quality do not have to be victims of challenge and that success is achievable in any learning environment. My heartfelt congratulations go out to each school and I look forward to seeing what else they can accomplish as we move forward.”