New data released Monday by the College Board, which administers the SAT, shows the number of Hispanic and African American test takers has increased 65 and 42 percent, respectively, since 2007.
However, overall scores in math, reading and writing on the college entrance exam are once again below average—the scores dropped about five points compared to 2011.
"I think it's an alarming statistic and one that we know, if the SAT is any measure of college readiness, then we still have lots of work to do in our public schools," Sen. Leticia Van de Putte said.
Some lawmakers and education leaders say new standards put in place, such as the STAAR exam, will result in improved performance for college readiness exams.
"It is a more rigorous test, yes and I think it's going to provide better preparation for young people," Sen. Ken Seliger said.
STAAR standards are being implemented gradually, but the initial go-around of the test meant a summer spent back in the classroom for many Texas students needing to retake the exam.
Since state college readiness standards include SAT, ACT and state standardized tests like STAAR, the overall results show more needs to be done to get kids prepared for college.
According to the College Board, it is common for scores to decline as the number of students taking the exam increases.