AP (Advanced Placement)

SDPC's Advanced Placement Exam Performance Improves in 2015

AP logoStudents in the School District of Pickens County improved their performance on Advanced Placement Exams in 2015, even as the district expanded the number of test takers. 721 SDPC students took AP exams last year, up from 694 the year before. The percentage of students with a passing score of 3 or higher rose to 68.1 from 65 the prior year.

"Our instructional model is based on rigor, relevance and relationships, and AP performance is one of the best indicators of rigor," said Sharon Huff, SDPC's Assistant Superintendent of Instructional Services. "Raising the number of students enrolled in Advanced Placement courses has a domino effect on academic performance. As students strive to meet the high expectations of AP, they gain the abilities they need to surpass other benchmarks as well."

SDPC remained above the state and national averages for the percentage of students with a passing score of 3 or higher.

"Our goal is to continue expanding the circle of students taking AP exams," said Dr. Danny Merck, SDPC Superintendent. "Participation in Advanced Placement courses is very important for students to be prepared for college. About 65 percent of our students go on to 2- and 4-year colleges after graduating, and we intend to increase that number."

Charts showing how SDPC and each high school have performed on AP exams over the past five years are included below.

Percent Passing 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
SDPC 61.4 64.5 66.1 65 68.1
Daniel 79.4 90 82.4 82 78.1
Easley 49.4 52.9 57.9 53 61.1
Liberty 50 53.8 51.3 50 41.5
Pickens 58.5 64.5 58.6 50 49.6
Number of Students Taking AP Exams 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
District 616 537 592 694 721
Daniel 171 107 160 289 327
Easley 276 268 264 240 242
Liberty 30 29 35 34 40
Pickens 139 133 133 131 112