Lexington One students outpace the state on college-bound tests

College-bound high school students in Lexington County One School District came up aces in the most recent round of testing this past spring, the district announced.

On the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT), one of the two most-common tests relied on by colleges and universities for admission, Lexington One students’ average scores outpaced both the state and national averages.

lexington1-logoStudents also did well on final tests for Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IB) classes, the district said.

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 2015-16 academic-year graduates also exceeded the state and national average SAT scores in critical reading, writing, and mathematics.

Average SAT scores at the district’s five high schools were 1569 at Lexington High, 1550 at River Bluff, 1453 at Pelion, 1409 at White Knoll, and 1397 at Gilbert, according to statistics compiled by the state Education Department.

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, according to the district.

However, last academic 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. The percentage of Lexington One students scoring a three or higher came in at 67.7 percent, versus a statewide average of 57 percent.

In the rigorous International Baccalaureate program, Lexington One had 28 IB students take 136 IB final exams last year 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 those exams, the district reported.

The remaining 36 exams were Theory of Knowledge and/or Extended Essay exams. On those, 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 those exams.