CLARK — Arthur L. Johnson High School is one of 367 public districts in the United States and Canada and one of only 21 high schools in New Jersey named to the National College Board’s prestigious Advanced Placement Honor Roll. The National College Board released this information last month.
Schools achieve the distinction for simultaneously increasing access to Advanced Placement courses while maintaining or improving individual scores.
Advanced Placement courses are considered to be college level and students who achieve a high score in the standardized, national tests earn college credit or advanced placement. The courses are often the most rigorous offered by high schools and are one factor considered by college admission departments.
“We’re delighted to receive this national recognition,” commented Clark Superintendent of Schools Kenneth Knops, “It’s an honor to be named to the Advanced Placement Honor Roll. Needless to say we’re extremely proud of our students, who have assumed greater academic rigor and challenges so successfully. As a school community we applaud this positive reflection of both our students and staff.”
The National College Board administers the Advanced Placement Honor Roll program. Last year it started the honor roll and this is the second consecutive year that Arthur L. Johnson High School received this recognition. Arthur L. Johnson High School was one of only two Union County high schools to receive this coveted award. Throughout the State, Millburn, Livingston, Montgomery and West Windsor-Plainsboro were some other school districts named to the Advanced Placement Honor Roll.
In a press release, College Board President Gaston Caperton stated, “Participation in college-level AP courses can level the playing field for underserved students, give them the confidence needed to succeed in college, and raise standards and performance in key subjects like science and math. The AP Honor Roll districts are defying expectations by expanding access while enabling their students to maintain or improve their AP Exam scores.”
According to the College Board, many school districts countrywide have focused on expanding access to AP courses to help prepare students for college. AP exams are scored on a 1-5 scale. According to the College Board, the expanded offerings have led to more students earning scores of 3 or better and more students receiving scores of 1 or 2. High scores are required for college credit or placement.
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