Florida educators are stepping up to the issue. The "Go Higher, Florida" task force met for the first time in Tallahassee.
Educators from across the Sunshine State are addressing the importance of aligning high school with post secondary education.
The American Diploma Project standards will require all high school graduates to take more challenging courses to prepare them for life after high school.
"One thing we are looking at is high school reform, what is going on in the high school today, and how the community college and universities are helping us and the high school level, and at the same time making sure our students are better prepared when entering post secondary education," said Bill Montford, CEO, Florida Schools Superintendent.
Educators say the alignment of high school and college can't happen overnight, but they will target schools with struggling students first.