Hillsborough County's fourth-graders scored higher on the FCAT writing exam than students in any other Florida school district, according to results released Wednesday by the state.
Ninety percent scored at least a 4 on the standardized test, which is considered proficient. The average score of 4.4 also was the highest in the state. The Hillsborough district singled out three elementary schools for their unusually impressive performance: Deer Park Elementary in Citrus Park, where 100 percent of fourth graders scored 4 or better; Sulphur Springs in north Tampa, where 99 percent achieved that score; and Tampa's Just Elementary, where the percentage of students at 4 or better rose from 52 to 93.
"We're on cloud nine," said Christy Buell, principal at Sulphur Springs