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Latest AP Testing Data Released, Martin County Students Continue to Shine

The mission of the Martin County School District is to “educate all students for success,” and the latest Advanced Placement (AP) testing data released by the College Board and the Florida Department of Education shows that the District is well on its way to achieving that goal.


Florida currently ranks first among the 50 states in AP test participation and third in the nation for performance on these exams, and Martin County students certainly have done their part to boost these impressive figures:


  • While the percentage of Florida graduates who passed at least one AP exam during the 2017-2018 school year was 8.2 percentage points higher than the national average (23.5%), the percentage of Martin County graduates who passed at least one exam was 40.6 percentage points higher than the national average and 32.4 percentage points higher than the state average.

  • Compared to the 2016-2017 school year, Florida’s AP examination participation rate increased by 1.3%, while the passing rate increased by 0.9%. Martin County’s participation rate increased by 9.77% and its passing rate increased by 4.64% during the same time period.

  • More than 30% of Florida’s graduates passed at least one AP exam during the 2017-2018 school year. Of the District’s 1,429 Class of 2018 graduates, 64.1% passed at least one AP exam.

“Our students’ success on Advanced Placement exams is extremely impressive and definitely worthy of celebration,” Superintendent Laurie J. Gaylord shared.  “Our entire district has taken our mission of educating all students for success very seriously, and these results demonstrate that hard work really does pay off.  We know that our children’s success in the global economy and workforce is dependent upon them having access to a wide variety of educational experiences during their time in our schools.  I feel confident that our students who have elected to participate in AP programs and coursework are well-prepared for wherever their dreams may lead them in the future.”


There are significant financial benefits to students who perform well on AP exams. According to the College Board, in May 2018, Florida high school students took a total of 209,678 AP exams that resulted in scores of 3, 4, or 5. Based on students’ opportunity to earn at least 3 college credits for each AP exam score of 3 or higher, this represents an estimated 629,034 college credits. At an average rate of $212.00 per credit hour, the total potential cost savings for the state’s students and families was $133,355,208. 


To learn more about the District’s AP program offerings, please click here.