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Number of Paterson Students Achieving High Marks on College Level Exams Doubles, Again

PATERSON, NJ – The number of Paterson Public Schools students who scored three or higher on AP exams doubled between 2019 and 2020, district officials announced recently. A total of 183 students earned a score of three or higher on the exams’ five-point scale on exams that were taken in Spring 2020. In 2019, the total number of students to score three or higher was 86, coming in double 2018’s total of 43.

“Despite all of the adversity brought on by the pandemic, these students worked hard, stayed focused, and earned high marks on very challenging College Board exams,” said Superintendent of Schools Eileen F. Shafer. “I am very proud of our Paterson students, who continue to show us that they will meet the challenges put before them.”

Shafer also offered her gratitude to the teachers, principals, and parents that supported the students and helped them achieve the high marks which will give them an advantage in college.

A breakdown of the test scores showed that 66 of the students achieved the high scores on the Spanish Language and Culture AP exam. The number of students earning the marks in English Language and Composition increased from 10 to 29 while those doing the same in Computer Science Principles rose from 7 to 30. Similar increases were achieved in courses such as Biology, U.S. History, and Calculus.

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