On Wednesday, February 6, 2019, the Georgia Department of Education announced that the state’s public-school class of 2018 has the sixteenth-highest Advanced Placement (AP) pass rate in the nation, according to data released by the College Board. A glance at the data indicates that the strong performance of Gwinnett County’s students contributed to that success.
In Georgia, 23.2% of public school students in the class of 2018 earned a 3 or higher on an AP exam. In Gwinnett County Public Schools, the percentage of students with scores of 3 or higher was 63.2%, an increase from 62.5% the previous year. Several Gwinnett high schools experienced double digit gains with results from Lanier, Mountain View, and Discovery increasing 13.9, 12.1, and 11.2 points, respectively.
Overall, 41.3% of Georgia’s public-school class of 2018 took an AP exam while in high school. This is the 13th-highest AP participation rate in the nation. In Gwinnett, 14,831 students took 28,977 AP exams last year. Five Gwinnett high schools increased their participation numbers - Brookwood; Collins Hill; Discovery; Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology (GSMST); and North Gwinnett. Eight schools increased the number of exams given - Brookwood, Collins Hill, Discovery, Duluth, Grayson, GSMST, North Gwinnett, and Shiloh. And four schools - Brookwood, Collins Hill, Discovery, and North Gwinnett - saw an increase in the number of students participating, in the number of exams given, and in the percentage of scores of 3 or higher.