Randolph Schools Recognized by College Board and Named to 8th Annual AP District Honor Roll

In Advanced Placement U.S. History II class, teacher Jennifer Corley talks to students Alana Wilck, left, and Emma Nessel, right, about their class project. (This photo was taken on December 11.) Credits: Allison Freeman

RANDOLPH, NJ— The College Board has named the Randolph Township School District as one of the top school districts in the United States and Canada and has placed the district on the 8th Annual AP District Honor Roll.

 Randolph High School has increased the number of its students participating in Advanced Placement courses while also increasing or maintaining the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on AP exams. This achievement has earned Randolph High School placement on the AP District Honor Roll. “Reaching these goals,” notes the College Board, “shows that this district is successfully identifying motivated, academically prepared students who are ready for AP.”

“We remain committed to providing an exceptional learning experience and preparing students to apply their knowledge,” said Randolph Superintendent Jennifer A. Fano. “This is the third time Randolph has received this prestigious recognition in recent years and the second year in a row and we are extremely proud of the work of our students and teachers.”

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“This award is a testament to the significant efforts of Randolph teachers and the dedication of students,” said Jonathan Olsen, Randolph’s Director of Secondary Education. “We are proud of our Advanced Placement program and the high quality of instruction and course options available to all students. Randolph High School offers a robust AP program along with many other elective classes that students can opt to take.”

Randolph High School Principal Debbie Iosso said she is working with school district administrators to continue to increase the number of Advanced Placement courses offered to students. “Randolph High School has so many areas that shine brightly and it is wonderful to include our place on the AP Honor Roll as one of our many and varied accomplishments,” Mrs. Iosso said. “This is yet another testament to the amazing students we have and the dedicated staff who continually strive to help them reach their actual potential.”

Randolph Township Schools has added a number of new Advanced Placement classes in recent years for students, including the prestigious Capstone Program started in 2015. At the time, Randolph was among only five schools in New Jersey selected to offer this program for students. Randolph is committed to expanding the availability of AP courses among prepared and motivated students of all backgrounds.

“Congratulations to all the teachers and administrators in this district who have worked to clear a path for more students of all backgrounds to participate and succeed on AP Exams,” said Trevor Packer, the College Board’s head of AP and Instruction. “These educators and administrators are fostering a culture in their schools and classrooms that allows students to face new challenges and build the confidence to succeed.”

Helping more students learn at a higher level and earn higher AP scores is an objective of all members of the AP community, from AP teachers to district and school administrators to college professors. Many districts are experimenting with initiatives and strategies to see how they can expand access and improve student performance at the same time.

In 2017, more than 4,000 colleges and universities around the world received AP scores for college credit, advanced placement, or both, and/or consideration in the admission process.  Inclusion on the 8th Annual AP District Honor Roll is based on a review of three years of AP data, from 2015 to 2017, looking across 38 AP exams, including world language and culture. The following criteria were used.

Districts must:

  • Increase participation/access to AP by at least 4% in large districts, at least 6 % in medium districts, and at least 11% in small districts;
  • Increased or maintained the percentage of American Indian/Alaska Native, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, and Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander students taking exams and increased or maintained the percentage of American Indian/Alaska Native, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, and Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander students scoring 3+ on at least one AP Exam; and
  • Improve or maintain performance levels when comparing the 2017 percentage of students scoring a 3 or higher to the 2015 percentage, unless the district has already attained a performance level at which more than 70% of its AP students earn a 3 or higher.

Randolph is proud to be honored along with 446 other school districts on the AP Honor Roll.

39 School Districts in New Jersey, 447 Districts in the United States and Canada Are Honored

The complete 8th Annual AP District Honor Roll can be found here\



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