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SAT scores will help 750 Hillsborough seniors graduate

By Marlene Sokol
Teacher Jeannette Teeden helps students at Durant High School prepare for the SAT exam.

Seniors in Hillsborough County are embracing a new system of using the SAT test to help earn a high school diploma.

The school district reports that 750 seniors who took the SAT in reading on Oct. 11 earned passing scores. These can be used in place of a passing 10th grade FSA score, which is a requirement for a standard diploma in Florida.

The SAT test was given during the school day, free of charge.

The leadership in Hillsborough is aiming for a 90 percent high school graduation rate by the year 2020. The 2015-16 rate was 79.1 percent.