CCSD Students Continued to Exceed State, Nation on AP Exams Cherokee County School District high school students not only continue to exceed State and National averages on rigorous Advance Placement (AP) exams, but the school system has also garnered national recognition for its AP achievement for the third consecutive year. CCSD has earned the third-highest AP exam passage rate in Georgia in 2015, as well as being named to the College Boards AP Honor Roll. Only six school districts in Georgia were named to the AP Honor Roll for 2015, and this was CCSDs third consecutive year to earn the distinction. The School District, with a passage rate of 73% among the 4,125 tests administered in the spring of 2015, ranks third out of Georgias 180 school systems and exceeds the State average of 55% and the National average of 58%. The AP Program allows high school students who score a 3, 4 or 5 on an AP exam to earn college credit in high school and, subsequently, to exempt those courses in college. Studies show that students who participate in AP courses are more likely to earn higher scores on the SAT and ACT and to complete their college education. Passage of AP exams places students at an academic and financial advantage, studies show, as they can both begin classes in their major sooner and avoid tuition costs for exempted courses.