UNION COUNTY — The Union County High School Class of 2017 scored 966 on the SAT exam while 42 percent of the class scored high enough on the Advancement Placement exam to receive college credit and 11 students were named AP Scholars.
In a statement released Tuesday, Union County School District Academic Officer Cindy Langley announced the results of the SAT exam and Advanced Placement exam taken by the Class of 2017.
Langley said that the scores of the Class of 2017 “will provide a baseline for student performance on the redesigned SAT. First administered in March 2016, the new SAT relies upon two main components, Evidence Based Reading and Writing (ERW) and Math. Total scores range from 400 to 1600 with a minimum score on each section of 200 and a top score of 800. There is also an optional Essay section.”
A total of 121 students in the class of 2017 took the SAT and Langley said they gave the district an ERW mean score of 498 and a Math mean of 468 for a combined overall score of 966.
Langley said that South Carolina’s “overall mean score for public students was 1,058, four points above the national mean for public school students of 1054.” She said that the state’s mean ERW score was 539, eight points above the national mean of 531 while the state math mean of 518 was slightly below the national mean of 523.
College And Career Readiness
In addition to their scores, Langley said students taking the new SAT also receive a College and Career Readiness rating.
“Twenty-four percent of the students at UCHS met the benchmark in both areas with 58 percent meeting the ERW benchmark and 24 percent meeting the math benchmark,” Langley said. “Statewide, 45 percent of the students met the benchmark in both areas with 48 percent meeting it nationally.
“Thirty-nine students from Union County High School scored above the national average in ERW, 29 scored above the national average in math, and 24 students met or exceeded the national average for all students,” she said. “The average composite score for students in the top 20 percent of the graduating class was 1,085 with an ERW average of 558 and math average of 527.”
Langley added that ‘the average composite score for students who earned a C average or above in the recommended courses was 1016. The ERW average for this group was 526 with a math average of 490.“
Advanced Placement Exams
Additionally, Langley said the College Board reported that 42 percent of the students at Union County High School who took Advanced Placement exams in 2017 scored high enough to earn college credit compared to 47 percent in 2016.
In addition, Langley said the number of students at Union County High School taking Advanced Placement exams “decreased from 133 to 120 while the number of exams taken decreased from 188 to 142.”
The Advanced Placement exams test students in the areas of Calculus AB, English Language and Composition, English Literature and Composition, Human Geography, Microeconomics, Psychology, US History, and World History.
In order to earn college credit on the AP exams, a student must score a three or higher on a five-point scale. In 2017, UCHS students scored 3s, 4s, and 5s on 59 exams compared to 85 exams in 2016.
Langley said that “fifty-seven percent of the students who took the AP US History exam at Union County High School earned a three or better compared to the state average of fifty-two percent. Seventy-two percent of the students at Union County High School earned a three or better on the AP World History, compared to the state average of sixty-one percent.
Eleven students at UCHS were named AP Scholars for scoring 3 or higher on 3 exams, and one student was named an AP Scholars with Honors for receiving an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams taken, or for scoring 3 or higher on four or more of AP exams.
Langley said the scores will be posted to South Carolina State Department of Education website and to the Union County School District website.