The number of students in the St. Johns County School District taking Advanced Placement (AP) exams last year increased by 14 percent, and the number of exams taken by students increased by 17 percent. Students scoring high enough to qualify for college credit rose by 6 percent. This continues the district’s and state trend of increasing numbers of test-takers and exams. The AP program enables students to take college-level courses while still in high school.
In spring 2012, 3,204 St. Johns County high school students took 6,248 AP exams. Of the total number taken, 58.5 percent received a grade high enough to qualify for college credit.
The district also saw an increase in the participation of minority groups. There was an 8 percent increase in the number of African-American students taking AP exams and a 10 percent increase in the number of exams they took. In addition, there was a 13 percent increase in the number of Hispanic students taking AP exams and a 23 percent increase in the number of exams they took.
“Typically, a large increase in the number of tests taken would be accompanied with a drop in scores, however we continue to increase our success rate,” said Superintendent Dr. Joseph Joyner. “I am very proud of the number of students taking the AP exams and the number of exams they are taking. We continue to score above the state average both in the number of exams taken and in the amount of students scoring high enough for college credit. These numbers represent the dedication of our students as well as the efforts and vision of our high school principals, guidance counselors and teachers.” AP courses taken for college credit by St. Johns County students include Art History; Biology; Calculus AB and BC; Chemistry; English Language and Composition; English Literature and Composition; Environmental Science; European History; Human Geography; Languages including Chinese, French, Latin and Spanish; Macroeconomics; Microeconomics; Music Theory; Physics B; Physics C Electricity and Magnetism; Physics C Mechanics; Psychology; Spanish Literature; Studio Art Drawing and 2-D and 3-D Design, U.S. Government and Politics, U.S. History and World History.