AP Results 2017

Advanced Placement Participation Grows Again
Posted on 09/27/2017
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The School District of Pickens County increased Advanced Placement participation by 140 students and 308 exams in 2017, according to data released by the College Board.

955 SDPC students took a total of 1,656 AP exams in 2017, earning a passing score 53 percent of the time. In 2016, 815 SDPC students took a total of 1,348 AP exams. The numbers are a result of the district’s concerted effort to increase AP participation.

“If you compare the numbers from ten years ago, the difference is staggering,” said Dr. Danny Merck, SDPC superintendent. “We have almost tripled the number of students taking AP courses, we’ve more than doubled the number of tests taken, and we actually have more students passing the exams now than even took the exams back then.”

The passage percentage in SDPC fell from 2016 rate of 61.5 percent, but participation is the first goal, Merck said. “As long as our passage rate stays close to the national average of 56 percent, we’re going to continue to push to increase participation. In fact, this year we are on pace for students to take more than 2,000 AP exams. Students reap huge benefits from the rigor of AP courses as they prepare for college and careers,” he said.

SDPC AP Participation

# of Students

# of Exams Taken

2007

376

740

2008

424

674

2009

464

829

2010

469

909

2011

616

1,114

2012

537

961

2013

592

966

2014

694

1,158

2015

721

1,149

2016

815

1,348

2017

955

1,656

 

Percent Passing

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

SDPC

66.1

65

68.1

61.5

53

Daniel

82.4

82

78.1

68.5

72

Easley

57.9

53

61.1

60

45

Liberty

51.3

50

41.5

22.1

30

Pickens

58.6

50

49.6

54.1

36