DCSD graduating seniors surpass national SAT average for second year in a row

DCSD graduating seniors surpass national SAT average for second year in a row
Testing DataDARLINGTON, S.C. – For the second year in a row, graduating seniors in Darlington County School District exceeded the national public school average SAT score, according to data released by the S.C. Department of Education on Tuesday. Also, students in the Hartsville High School International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme topped state averages for IB assessments and diplomas earned.

DCSD graduating seniors scored an average of 1477 on the SAT, which was 24 points higher than the national public school average of 1453 and 31 points higher than the state public school average of 1446. DCSD’s average remained the highest out of the 11 Pee Dee districts. Hartsville High School graduating seniors who took the SAT averaged a score of 1561, and Mayo High School for Math, Science and Mathematics graduates averaged a score of 1489. Both of those scores surpassed the national and South Carolina public school average. Darlington High School graduates averaged a score of 1210. Lamar High School’s pool of test takers was not large enough for performance data to be calculated.

Students in Hartsville High School’s IB Programme earned 15 diplomas out of a possible 17. That success rate of 88 percent compares to the state average of 62 percent. Eighty-five HHS IB students took 221 subject area tests, scoring four or higher 76 percent of the time. That compares to the state average of 68 percent. Also, 30 HHS IB students took 47 Theory of Knowledge and Extended Essay tests, scoring an “A,” “B,” or “C” at a rate of 70 percent. That compares to the 64 percent state average of applicable schools.

The S.C. Department of Education also released Advanced Placement (AP) exam data on Tuesday. Students at Hartsville High School and Mayo High School for Math, Science and Technology passed AP exams at rates of 45 percent and 49 percent, respectively. The state average remained 57 percent. At least five students at a school must take AP examinations for testing data to be made available by the S.C. Department of Education.

More test results from the 2015-16 school year are expected to be released in the coming weeks. For more information about testing in DCSD, please contact the Office of Communications at 843-398-2284.