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Hillsborough high schools earn high marks



For the first time since it opened a decade ago as a technology magnet, Middleton High School has earned a B.

The call Thursday night from Superintendent MaryEllen Elia delighted Owen Young, the school's data-driven principal.

Even more satisfying was the chance to announce the improved grade over the public address system on Friday morning. "It was a surreal, exciting, dynamic experience," he said. "This is the spark that the students need."

Throughout Hillsborough, high schools celebrated what arguably is their best collective report card since the state began awarding letter grades to hold them accountable for their work.

Thirteen of Hillsborough's 27 traditional high schools earned A's and 10 received B's, for a total of 85 percent with either A or B grades. There were four C's. No traditional high schools earned D or F grades.

Statewide, the number of high schools earning A grades rose by nearly a third, from 148 to 231.

"We're proud of our high school students, teachers and administrators," Elia said. "We have very high expectations and our students have shown that they are up to the task."

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[Last modified: Friday, December 21, 2012 5:34pm]


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