HCS named to the AP District Honor Roll; SAT scores slip

HCS named to the AP District Honor Roll; SAT scores slip

The following is a press release from Horry County Schools:

The College Board released results today for college-bound students showing mixed results for Horry County Schools. HCS was only one of five districts in South Carolina named to the AP District Honor Roll in the same year SAT scores fell.

2014 marks the second consecutive year HCS has been named to the College Board's Annual AP District Honor Roll for significant gains in the number of students participating in Advanced Placement courses and successfully passing course exams. Performance data used to determine eligibility includes three academic years, from 2012 to 2014.

HCS increased the number of students taking AP courses by 10.4 percent, up to 1,650 students in 2014 from 1,494 students in 2012. Students took 11.5 percent more AP exams, up to 2,422 exams in 2014 from 2,172 two years earlier. The number of students scoring between 3-5 on AP exams increased to 61.9 percent in 2014, up from 58.3 percent in 2012.

To be eligible for inclusion, districts were required to increase the level of participation by at least four percent in large districts, at least six percent in medium districts, and at least 11 percent in small districts. While increasing participation, eligible districts were required to maintain the participation of minority students and maintain and/or increase the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on AP exams.

After an unprecedented spike in District SAT scores last year, test results for students graduating in 2014 leveled and returned to predictable trends. The District's three-part composite of 1,481 is above the State composite of 1,443 and below the national composite of 1,497. After the District composite propelled 30 points last year, 2014 results are only one point less than the 2012 composite of 1,482.

HCS students averaged 495 in Critical Reading, seven points higher than the State average of 488 and two points below the national average of 497. In Math, HCS students averaged 510, which is 20 points above the State average of 490 and three points lower than the national average of 513. In Writing, District students average 475, ten points higher than the State average of 465 and twelve points lower than the national average of 487.

Four schools surpassed the national SAT average. They are: Aynor High School (1,563); Carolina Forest High School (1,508); North Myrtle Beach High School (1,555); and the Academy for Arts, Science and Technology (1,592).

For complete results on AP and SAT performance, visit https://ed.sc.gov/.