PWCS 2018 graduates are among nation’s highest in earning qualifying scores on advanced exams
Posted on 03/25/2019
Chalkboard with statistic "2018 graduates surpass state and national averages on college-level examsThe class of 2018’s performance on advanced exams exceeded the Virginia average of 29 percent and exceeded the average of the highest performing state, Massachusetts.

Every year, the College Board releases data at the state and national level about the percent of graduates who earn a 3 or higher on at least one Advanced Placement (AP) exam. In PWCS, reporting is not limited to AP exams because several high schools predominantly offer the International Baccalaureate and Cambridge AICE exams. Those scores are used with AP results to calculate overall performance for the school division on college-level exams.

With 34 percent of PWCS graduates earning qualifying scores on at least one college-level exam, the school division exceeds the national average of 23.5 percent and the Virginia average of 29 percent. If only results from AP schools were included in that calculation, PWCS would continue to exceed the highest performing state of Massachusetts.

In addition to faring well relative to the state and nation, PWCS has seen significant growth in the percentage of graduates earning at least one qualifying score on advanced placement and college level exams over time.

PWCS provides students the opportunity to take rigorous college-level courses while still in high school and to earn college credit. Most four-year colleges in the US provide credit and/or advanced placement for qualifying exam scores.

More in this clip from the March 20 School Board Meeting:

This demonstration of college-level achievement by our students is #Positively PWCS.