Students Exceed National and State Averages on SAT and Record Top Pass Rates on AP
The first year of performance results on the revised SAT®, released today, set a new baseline for the state after the College Board overhauled the exam with changes that lowered the maximum score to 1600, eliminated obscure vocabulary words, dropped the penalty for guessing and made the essay optional. The high school graduating class of 2017 marked the first time a majority of students tested under the redesigned format. The College Board reported Spartanburg High School’ s graduating class of 2017 posted an average score of 1078 on the new SAT exam – 24 points above the national public school average and 20 points above the state’s. Approximately 40% of the senior class took the SAT.
District 7’s average passage rate on Advanced Placement (AP) tests jumped to 83% (up from an impressive 79% last year), and is well above the state and national passage rate – and one of the highest in the state. The District gave 598 exams in 24 subject areas. Equally exciting, one hundred and eleven (111) students at SHS also earned an AP Scholar Award in recognition of their exceptional achievement on AP Exams. For the 2017-2018 school year, Spartanburg High School was approved by the College Board to offer 25 AP courses, more than any other high school in South Carolina.
Deputy Superintendent Terry Pruitt said, “In addition to Advanced Placement testing, District 7 is providing rigorous college-level courses and college credit through dual enrollment opportunities in our Viking Early College, Spartanburg Early College, and Scholars Academy. The goal is to ensure all students have an opportunity to take college courses and earn credit while in high school.”
Spartanburg High School Principal, Jeff Stevens, added, “This is great news for our district. Our students have consistently performed well above the state and national average on AP, and are ranked above the national and state average on SAT as well. Our students are committed to academic excellence and their teachers are committed to their success.”