Three South Carolina School Districts Chosen for 2017 AP District Honor Roll

Thursday, December 7th, 2017

Three South Carolina school districts are among a total of 447 in the United States and Canada being honored by the College Board with placement on the Annual AP Honor Roll.

AP Honor Roll districts simultaneously increased access to Advanced Placement coursework while maintaining or increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on AP Exams. The school districts in South Carolina that met the criteria to be placed on the AP Honor Roll are:

  • Charleston County School District

  • Fort Mill School District-York 4

  • Diocese of Charleston Education Office

The Charleston County School District has received this honor for two years (2013 and 2017) and Fort Mill School District-York 4 has received it for six years (2010-2013, 2016 and 2017). This is the first year the Diocese of Charleston has been placed on the AP Honor Roll.

In 2017, South Carolina saw growth in all three major areas of AP participation and performance. The number of students taking exams increased 8.6% to 30,943. The number of exams increased 8.8% to 49,071 exams. South Carolina students scoring three or higher on AP exams increased 7% to 27,735 exams. AP exam scores of three indicate a candidate who is qualified to take college-level courses. Scores of four indicate someone who is well-qualified and a five indicates someone who is extremely well-qualified. Colleges and universities often grant class credit and use AP scores of three or more to place students in higher course levels.

Inclusion in the 8th Annual AP District Honor Roll is based on a review of three years of AP data, from 2015 to 2017, looking across 38 AP Exams, including world language and culture.

Criteria used for inclusion in the 2017 AP District Honor Roll include the following:

  • Increased access to AP courses by

    • At least 4% in large districts

    • At least 6% in medium districts

    • At least 11% in small districts

  • Increased or maintained the percentage of exams taken by African American, Hispanic/Latino, and American Indian/Alaska Native students, and;

  • Improved performance levels when comparing the percentage of students in 2017 scoring a 3 or higher to those in 2015, unless the division has already attained a performance level at which more than 70 percent of its AP students are scoring a 3 or higher.