The following is a press release from Florence School District One:
Florence School District One is one of five school districts named to the AP District Honor Roll, for both increasing the number of students taking Advanced Placement courses and also maintaining or improving the rate at which students earn scores of three or higher.
“We are pleased to learn that Florence School District One is one of five school districts named to the AP Honor Roll list for achievement and enrollment in Advanced Placement courses. Increasing student enrollment in these classes has been a goal of the district. To improve our SAT results, we needed to increase enrollment in AP and honors classes to better prepare students for the SAT exam. We are also very pleased that our SAT results increased by 32 points over last year. In addition, we tested 63% of our seniors compared to 50% tested statewide,” said Florence One Assistant Superintendent for Instruction Randy Koon.
Other districts named to the AP Honor Roll include Charleston, Dorchester, Horry, and York 4 (Fort Mill).
“South Carolina students showed gains this past year on their Advanced Placement exams and SAT scores,” said Zais. “We must build upon these gains as we prepare students for life after high school, whether they're joining the military, entering the workforce, or seeking higher education at one of our state's superb technical colleges, or a four-year degree. While these are positive gains, we must do more to ensure the college- and career -readiness of South Carolina students,” concluded Zais.
In 2013-14, a total of 66,860 South Carolina students took the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT), with 41,338 of those being public school students. Thus, 40.2 percent of 10th grade public school students in South Carolina took the test, above the national rate of 38.3 percent.
For Advanced Placement (AP) exams, 25,486 public school students took a total of 40,015 exams in 2013-14. In recent years, there has been a steady increase in the number of South Carolina public school students taking AP exams, the number of exams taken, and the number of students receiving a grade of three, four or five. Since 2010, the number of public school students in South Carolina taking AP exams has increased by approximately 7,000, the number of exams taken has increased by nearly 10,000, and the number of exams with a grade of three, four, or five has increased by approximately 6,000. Last year, the number of AP exams taken by public school students in the state increased by 7.6 percent, the number of students earning scores of 3 or higher increased by 7% and the number of African American students participating in the AP program increased by 7 percent, and the number of African American students participating in the AP program increased by 13 percent. Additionally, virtually every subgroup of students in South Carolina achieved increases in the number of AP exams taken and scores of 3 or higher.