The percentage of high school graduates ready for college when they get there is increasing statewide and in the Tampa Bay region, according to new state data.
Hillsborough County had the best results, with 72.5 percent ready for college in 2012. That's 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 County, to 68.1 from 66.7. College readiness dropped in Pinellas County, where 70.1 percent were ready in 2012, down from 70.9 percent in 2011.
The numbers are based on Common Placement Tests given to students who attend college in Florida. The tests measure reading, writing and math abilities.