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South Carolina Public Charter School District one of only three districts in state named to National Honor Roll for AP access and success

For Immediate Release: December 6, 2018
Taylor Fulcher, Director of Communications
tfulcher@sccharter.org
803-908-3849

South Carolina Public Charter School District one of only three districts in state named to National Honor Roll for AP access and success

Columbia, South Carolina —  The South Carolina Public Charter School District (SCPCSD) is one of only three districts in South Carolina being honored by the College Board with placement on the 9th Annual AP District Honor Roll.  SCPCSD sponsored charter schools earned this accolade by dramatically increasing the number of students participating in AP courses while also increasing the percentage of students who scored 3 or higher.

“It is great to see another measure of progress in SCPCSD schools—our graduation rate is higher than ever, we’re beginning to outperform the state in nearly every subject, and most importantly, more of our charter schools’ students are graduating with the skills to go to college,” said Elliot Smalley, SCPCSD superintendent. “I love that this recognizes a boost in both achievement and participation—day one, we put a big focus on both equity and access, and we credit the leadership of our charter school boards, principals, and teachers for bringing high expectations to their students and generating the results that our students, families and state deserve.”

National data from 2018 show that among American Indian/Alaska Native, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, and Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander students with a high degree of readiness for AP, only about half are participating. The first step to getting more of these students to participate is to give them access to courses. Inclusion in the 9th Annual AP District Honor Roll is based on a review of three years of AP data, from 2016 to 2018. The following criteria were used:

Districts must:

  • Increase participation/access to AP by at least 4% in large districts, at least 6% in medium districts, and at least 11% in small districts;
  • Increase or maintain the percentage of American Indian/Alaska Native, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, and Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander students taking exams and increased or maintained the percentage of American Indian/Alaska Native, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, and Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander students scoring 3+ on at least one AP Exam; and
  • Improve or maintain performance levels when comparing the 2018 percentage of students scoring a 3 or higher to the 2016 percentage, unless the district has already attained a performance level at which more than 70% of its AP students earn a 3 or higher.

The complete 9th Annual AP District Honor Roll can be found here:  https://apcentral.collegeboard.org/score-reports-data/awards/honor-roll 

This school year, the South Carolina Public Charter School District oversees 34 public charter schools serving approximately 22,000 students across the state. In the fall of 2018, the SCPCSD received 25 Letters of Intent signaling to open a charter school —a 50% increase from 2017.

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