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Alabama Dept. of Education: Significant improvements in state AP results

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Alabama ranks number one in math, science and english AP increases, according to State Superintendent of Education Dr. Tommy Bice.

"Results show major increases over the last five years in the number of Alabama public school students passing math, science and English Advanced Placement (AP) exams, ranking Alabama number one among all fifty states in percent increases," said Bice in a news release. "Additionally, the results show even higher percentage increases in math, science and English qualifying scores for minority students, ranking Alabama as number two among all fifty states in percent increases for minorities."

Governor Robert Bentley is also pleased with the announcement. "I'm proud that Alabama students are enrolling and succeeding in AP classes at unprecedented rates," said Bentley.

According to the news release from the state:

"Our investment in increasing rigor in our high schools through AP is paying off, said Dr. Bice. "Alabama is making significant gains toward closing the achievement gap among traditionally under-represented students and better preparing all students for college, work and adulthood in the 21st century."

"The Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE) and A+ College Ready have partnered in implementing the Advanced Placement Training and Incentive Program (APTIP), which has driven increased enrollment and qualifying score results for 76 high schools across the state participating in the program in the 2012-13 school year.

The results show that program schools achieved a 101% average increase in passing Advanced Placement* (AP) scores, 14 times the national average, their first year of participation and continue to improve each year.

The ALSDE has invested heavily in AP in the state by providing significant funds for the APTIP program, which has expanded to 97 high schools across the state this year. In the class of 2012, 1000 more graduates succeeded on AP exams than even took the exam in the class of 2002."

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