As students across Florida make their way back to school, a report released on August 21 shows that educators have a long way to go to get students prepared for college.
According to the Orlando Sentinel on August 21, The Condition of College and Readiness issued its 2013 report that stated that only 19 percent of Florida's high school seniors scored "college-ready" on all four ACT exams: English, math, reading and science.
According to the report, this was a slight improvement over 2012, in which 18 percent of incoming high school seniors were "college-ready".
Even with the small improvement, Florida high school seniors continue to lag behind the rest of the nation when it comes to ACT exams. Florida's 19 percent was well behind the national rate of 26 percent of incoming high school seniors scoring "college-ready" grades on the ACT.
Florida is also above the national average when it comes to high school seniors being ill-prepared for college.
According to the report, 40 percent of Florida students were not "college-ready" in any subject in the ACT, which is well above the national rate of 31 percent.
Florida Education Commissioner Pam Stewart told the Orlando Sentinel:
Florida still has a great deal of work ahead to ensure students are ready for the demands of higher education and in their career path of choice.
Stewart also told the Sentinel that she was pleased that more students were taking the ACT, which translates that more and more Florida high school students were thinking about college.