Putting Education Reform To The Test

Is Florida Raising The Bar Too High For Bright Futures Scholarships?

The Bright Futures Scholarship program is increasing its eligibility requirements in 2013. If those requirements were in place this year, about half of the University of South Florida’s freshmen would not have qualified for the scholarships.

To receive the FAS award in 2013-14, students will have to score a composite score of either 1290 on the SAT math and critical writing sections or 29 on the ACT, as opposed to the 1270 on the SAT or a 28 ACT composite required now. FMS recipients will be required to score an 1170 composite on the SAT or a 26 composite on the ACT as opposed to 980 on the SAT, or a 21 ACT composite required now.

“We look at a large number of criteria when admitting students, and SAT and ACT (scores) are just one of them,” Dosal said.

According to the USF New Student Profile, the average SAT composite score for this year’s class of incoming freshmen for the USF System was 1191, and the average ACT composite was 27.

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