The College Board's AP Program gives students the opportunity to learn college-level material and earn college credit while still in high school. Based on their performance on rigorous AP exams, students can earn credit, advanced placement or both for college.
Last school year, 1,836 Cherokee County School District students took the tests, and 70.4 percent earned scores between 3 and 5 on a scale of 1 to 5. Twenty-three AP courses were offered including two new choices last school year: AP Economics and AP Human Geography. Most colleges award credit for scores of 3 through 5.
Statewide, 91,395 tests were administered last school year, and 52 percent earned scores of 3 or better. Thirty-five courses were offered statewide.
"Students are currently enrolled in 2,500 sections of AP courses scheduled for exams in 2010. This is more evidence of the increasingly rigorous academic curriculum in Cherokee County high schools," Cherokee Superintendent of Schools Dr. Frank Petruzielo said.
The previous school year, the county had a 74 percent passing rate as compared to the state's 51 percent. District officials said the percentages cannot be compared between years as more AP courses were added to the curriculum, and Creekview students were eligible for the first time.
For last school year, the results by school were: Cherokee High, 323 exams administered, 16 courses offered and 69 percent passage; Creekview High. 324 exams, 13 courses and 68 percent; Etowah High, 339 exams, 14 courses and 80 percent; Sequoyah High, 466 exams, 17 courses and 62 percent; Woodstock High, 384 exams, 13 courses and 76 percent.
Petruzielo said principals will review the scores with AP teachers to review areas of weakness and determine how these can be improved.