Perkiomen Valley School District Annual Report 2017-18 Annual Report 2017-18 1 - Page 10

Number of Students Receiving 3s on AP Tests Increases Perkiomen Valley High School students have the oppor- tunity to take Advanced Placement (AP) courses and earn college credit upon attaining minimum scores on related AP exams. Exams are scored on a scale of 1 to 5, and many colleges and universities will award college credits to stu- dents who score a 3 or higher. Our high school offered 21 AP courses in the 2017-18 school year. The chart at right shows the percentage of graduating seniors who took at least one AP course and scored a 3 or better on the exam - this is known as the AP Equity and Excellence score. Our goal is to have every graduate score a 3 or higher on at least one AP exam as a way to demonstrate college readi- ness. In the 2016-17 school year, 52.4 percent of our grad- uates scored a 3 or higher. This number has been steadily increasing over the last three years, so progress is being made toward this goal. 55% of graduating seniors took an AP exam and received a score of 3 or higher Overall, in 2018, 638 Perkiomen Valley High School stu- dents took an AP exam. Of this group, 87.5 percent scored a 3 or better. State-wide, only 67.1 percent scored a 3 or better. PV Continues to Perform Above State/National Averages on SAT, ACT The SAT is the nation’s most widely referenced admis- sions test among colleges and universities. It assesses students’ knowledge of subjects necessary for college success: reading, writing and mathematics. The SAT is taken by students during their junior and/or senior years. The College Board reported that more than 2.1 million students took the SAT in 2018. Approximately 79 percent of PV’s graduating seniors took the SAT. SAT Scores The number of students taking the ACT, which is another national college admissions test, had been on the rise but this past year, the numbers declined a bit. In 2017, 190 PV students took the ACT. In 2018, 156 students took the test. State-wide, last year, 27,694 students took the ACT. The ACT includes the four subject areas of English, math, science and reading, and its results are accepted by all four-year colleges and universities in the U.S. The highest possible score on the ACT is 36. ACT Scores