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How Prepared Are Florida's College-Bound Seniors For College?

Florida high school seniors may have raised their SAT scores, but they still lag behind the national average. And, the scores may indicate the state’s college-bound students are not ready for college.

The good news is Florida’s public school students increased their mean score in every subject area: reading, writing, and math. But, the state’s average of 1460 is about 40 points lower than the national average. It’s also 90 points lower than the Benchmark score college bound seniors need to reach, according to this year’s national SAT Report on College and Career Readiness.

“We’re pleased to see our students have increased in every area. So, it’s pleasing news, but at the same time we understand there’s more work to do," remarked Florida Department of Education Spokeswoman Jamie Mongiovi.  "We are raising our standards. We are moving toward a more rigorous curriculum. And, I think that we’ll continue to see improvement.”

Mongiovi notes the state’s minority students showed great improvement this year. For example, the state’s Hispanic students scored higher than others nationwide in every subject area.

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Sascha Cordner has more than ten years of public radio experience. It includes working at NPR member station WUFT-FM in Gainesville for several years. She's worked in both radio and TV, serving in various capacities as a reporter, producer and anchor. She's also a graduate of the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in telecommunications. She is the recipient of 15 awards from the Associated Press, Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), and Edward R. Murrow. Her award-winning stories include her coverage on the infamous “Dozier School for Boys” and a feature titled "Male Breast Cancer: Lost in the Sea of Pink." Currently, Sascha serves as the host and producer of local and state news content for the afternoon news program "All Things Considered" at WFSU. Sascha primarily covers criminal justice and social services issues. When she's not reporting, Sascha likes catching up on her favorite TV shows, singing and reading. Follow Sascha Cordner on Twitter:@SaschaCordner.