November 10, 2013 at 6:55 AM
LIVINGSTON, NJ – Livingston High School was honored on Nov. 6 by the College Board’s Advanced Placement Program for both increases in access to Advanced Placement courses and for an increased number of students reaching a score of 3 or higher on the AP exams.
Livingston was among 36 districts in New Jersey that met the criteria to be placed on the AP Honor Roll this year and celebrates its third consecutive year of recognition. In Essex County, only Livingston and Glen Ridge were named.
At Livingston High School, more students are challenging themselves in college-level classes by taking AP – Advanced Placement – classes than ever before. And with more students choosing to take these rigorous classes, most are also passing the tough AP exam.
“This recognition really speaks to the commitment to excellence on the part of Livingston High School students and teachers,” said Principal Mark Stern. “For the third year in a row, we are seeing more students challenge themselves in our rich Advanced Placement curricula with the continued support and encouragement of the staff preparing them to meet these challenges.”
According to Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction Mary Oates, last spring 96.6 percent of LHS students who took AP exams earned a 3 or higher, a passing grade which is eligible for college credits, while 75.4 percent scored a 4 or a 5 on a five-point scale.
A total of 1,069 AP exams were administered at LHS and the number continues to climb with the beginning of the school year. More than 20 different AP classes are currently available to LHS students and exams are given in classes such as: Art History, Biology, Calculus, Chemistry, Chinese Language, Comparative Government and Politics, Computer Science, English Language and Composition, English Literature and Composition, Environmental Science, European History, French Language, Human Geography, Italian Language, Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Music Theory, Physics, Spanish Language, Statistics, Studio Art, US Government and Politics, and US History.
LHS students must earn at least a C minus to continue AP courses after the first marking period. At the end of the first marking period, students not succeeding in AP classes are switched to either honors or the regular curriculum.
Trying an AP course does not count against a student’s transcripts and research shows that average students who struggle in an AP course, and even earn one of the lower scores on the test, do better in college than similar students who did not take AP.
Being named to the national honor roll indicates that the district is successfully identifying motivated, academically prepared students who are likely to benefit most from rigorous AP course work. More than 90 percent of colleges and universities across the U.S. offer college credit, advanced placement or both for a score of 3 or higher on an AP Exam — which can potentially save students and their families thousands of dollars in college tuition.
“We applaud the extraordinary efforts of the devoted teachers and administrators in this district who are offering more students the opportunity to engage in rigorous college-level course work,” said Trevor Packer, the College Board’s senior vice president of AP and Instruction. “These outcomes are a powerful testament to educators’ belief that a more diverse population of students is ready for the sort of rigor that will prepare them for success in college.”