More IB diplomas are earned in Hillsborough this year
The Hillsborough County school district reported high numbers of its International Baccaulaureate students earning IB diplomas this year.
Hillsborough High School increased to 97 percent, up 1 percentage point from last year
King High School maintained its 90 percent-plus diploma rate since its inception by posting a 92 percent diploma rate this year. Robinson High School maintained a 95 percent rate. Strawberry Crest High School increased to 96 percent, up from 94 percent.
That's well above the U.S. pass rate of 67 percent and the global pass rate of 78 percent, according to the district.
To receive an IB diploma, a student must pass oral and written exams at the end of their senior year, complete community service hours, and write a college level essay.
"I continue to be impressed at the level of dedication and commitment to excellence shown by our students," Superintendent Jeff Eakins said. "The IB Diploma Programme is an academically challenging program that takes a great deal of time and hard work. These students now stand out when applying for college or a university."