Report: More high school graduates are college-ready
The percentage of high school graduates who are ready for college when they get there is increasing statewide, and in most Tampa Bay counties, according to data released by the state Department of Education.
Hillsborough showed the best results, with 72.5 percent ready for college in 2012, up from 70.7 percent in 2011.
Statewide, the percentage rose to 66.4 percent from 64.7 percent. Increases were reported in Hernando County, to 63.7 from 63.2; and in Pasco, to 68.1 from 66.7. College readiness decrease in Pinellas County, where 70.1 percent were ready in 2012, down from 70.9 percent in 2011.
These numbers are based on Common Placement Tests that are administered to students who attend college in Florida.
“This is great news in a district that is focused on college and career readiness,’’ said Hillsborough School Superintendent MaryEllen Elia. “For a high school diploma to be meaningful, you should be able to get into college and be ready to do college-level work. More and more of our students are achieving that goal.”
The tests measure reading, writing and math abilities. They do not include those who attend private or out-of-state colleges.