The average score for standardized testing has gone up for Florida high school students, but they still lag behind the rest of the country in being ready for college.
On average, Florida high school students scored three to five points higher on each SAT test as compared to 2011, and there was also a lot of improvement among minority students, according to reports.
State educators say this means that more teenagers are planning on attending college by taking more rigorous courses in high school and more SAT preparation classes.
These tougher classes usually result in higher SAT scores.
The College Ready benchmark on the SAT is an average of 1550 for the three exams.
Florida students scored an average of 1460 on the college exams. The problem is, students applying for college need a higher score that 1460 to compete.
For example, at the University of Central Florida, the most popular school for Florida students, the average SAT score is 1834. Florida students still need to be higher.
"They should put more money into school systems," concerned parent Tommy Guess said. "I don’t know what they're doing, but I don’t like the way they took money from the school system. I don’t know what the government is doing lately, but they ain't doing what they are supposed to be doing, in my opinion."
Joseph Micahael Brennan is also concerned and added, "It's a real concern because I agree that they're not prepared for college. They're not prepared for work or anything else when they get out of high school in Duval County because the reading scores are so bad."