Eighty percent of Cherokee County School District high school students that took an Advanced Placement (AP) Exam in 2012 earned a grade of 3 or higher, easily surpassing both the state and national average.
According to an information release provided by county school superintendent Dr. Frank Petruzielo, 2,730 Cherokee high school students took an AP exam in 2012, up from 2,273 in 2011. Additionally, the percentage of students earning a passing grade of 3 or higher increased from 78 percent to 80 percent from 2011 to 2012.
Cherokee's test scores are part of the reason that Georgia moved up one spot in the College Board's AP Report to the Nation rankings to 12th place in the nation. Cherokee students blew past the state average of 53 percent and national average of 57 percent of students passing their AP exams.
Students who receive a 3, 4, or 5 on their AP exam are eligible to earn college credit for that course in high school and will skip the class once they reach college. The Cherokee County School District has seen an explosion of AP activity, going from 400 tests administered in 1999 to 2,730 in 2012. The district offers 25 different AP courses.
The school-by-school breakdown of AP test scores is as follows:
CHEROKEE CREEKVIEW ETOWAH RIVER RIDGE SEQUOYAH WOODSTOCK CCSD STATE NATION Total AP Tests 441 527 576 129 472 584 2,730 106,841 2,919,333 Total AP Courses 17 15 17 6 19 18 25 33 33 AP Scores of 3+ 75% 74% 87% 71% 79% 86% 80% 53% 57%