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Lexington One SAT, AP, IB scores better than state, nation

LEXINGTON, S.C. — The South Carolina Department of Education has released the latest results of the SAT and Advanced Placement exams taken last spring.

Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT)

The College Board released a redesigned SAT assessment during the 2015–2016 school year. The majority of South Carolina SAT takers in the graduating class of 2016 took the old SAT, which was last administered in January 2016. However, some students may have taken the new SAT, first given in March 2016.

A perfect score on the SAT is 2400. Lexington One’s average score, 1504, came in above the state average of 1458 and above the national average of 1484. Lexington One’s 2016 seniors (2016 graduates) also exceeded the state and national average in critical reading, writing and mathematics.

Average scores for the district and its schools, the state and nation appear below.

2016 Seniors

Critical Reading

Mathematics

Writing

Total Score

Lexington One

506

516

483

1504

South Carolina

494

493

471

1458

Nation

494

508

482

1484

Gilbert High

470

482

445

1397

Lexington High

525

537

507

1569

Pelion High

495

476

483

1453

River Bluff High

521

532

498

1550

White Knoll High

477

486

447

1409

The percentage of Lexington One seniors taking the SAT decreased from 55 percent (875 of 1,598 seniors) in 2014–2015 to 51 percent (785 of 1,546 seniors) in 2015–2016.

Advanced Placement

Since 1984, each school district in South Carolina has been required to provide Advanced Placement (AP) courses. Last year, the number of Lexington One students taking AP courses increased by 186 students from the 2014–2015 school year.

AP exams are scored on a 1–5 scale, and students must score a three or higher to be eligible to earn college credit.

Students earning a 3 or higher %

S.C. students taking AP exams

57.0

Lexington One students taking AP exams

67.7

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

South Carolina students have the opportunity to study language, mathematics, science and art through the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme. The courses are academically challenging and designed to prepare students for success at their college/university and life beyond.

Lexington One had 28 IB students take 136 IB final exams year. Of those 136 exams, 100 were subject matter exams graded on a 1–7 scale. Lexington One students scored a 4 or higher on 80 percent of their subject matter exams.

The remaining 36 exams were Theory of Knowledge and/or Extended Essay exams. Students can score from an E (lowest) to an A (highest). Lexington One students scored an A, B or C on 58.3 percent of their Theory of Knowledge and/or Extended Essay exams.

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