TOMS RIVER – Toms River Regional Schools is one of 39 in the state, and 373 in the United States and Canada, to make the ninth annual AP District Honor Roll.
The district had to increase the number of students participating in AP classes while increasing or maintaining the percentage of those students earning a 3 or higher.
“I’m immensely proud of what our district leadership team has accomplished when it comes to increasing our AP offerings and refining the process to create greater accessibility for all students,” Superintendent David Healy said. “But I’m especially proud of our teachers and students, because while we’ve greatly increased the number of AP courses and exams, performance within advanced placement has remained strong, a testament to their hard work, talent, and dedication. It’s been a recurring theme here, that when we challenge our students and raise the bar, they consistently meet and exceed our expectations.
“We anticipate our AP participation and performance will only improve moving forward. This noteworthy accomplishment did not happen overnight, but started years ago at the intermediate level. While we’re thrilled to be witnessing the benefits of that initiative today, we’re excited to see how increased rigor from K through 12 will manifest itself in the years to come.”
Districts must increase participation rates by a certain percentage based on their size, and increase participation of recognized minority groups and have a percentage of them score a 3 or higher on at least one AP exam, and have improved scores from 2016 to 2018.
“Everything we do here at Toms River Regional Schools is geared toward student achievement and empowering our students to succeed now and well into the future,” Board President Russell Corby said. “Clearly, our students are responding positively to the increased rigor and challenges of AP coursework, and our educators are placing our students in a position to succeed. This is a great achievement and wonderful news for our community, our parents and our students.”