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Alabama ranks high in the A+ College Ready program

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

Alabama has received some good education news.  The state tops the list of a new College Ready ranking when it comes to Advanced Placement courses.

Sixty-four Alabama schools participate in A+ College Ready, an advanced placement training and incentive program.  Alabama ranks number one in the nation for advanced placement improvement and growth, especially among minority groups

Not only are more students taking and passing these high level courses in the state, but growth is outpacing the national average sometimes two and three times over.

State superintendent Dr. Tommy Bice says the rise in AP test taking by all groups of students in the state indicates an increased interest in making sure that students graduate from high school ready for college.

Governor Robert Bentley will join school leader to celebrate these accomplishment along with AP students from around the state.

Stanhope Elmore, just on of the 64 schools which participated in this A+ College Ready program, will host the rally.

Governor Bentley also plans to announce the addition of 10 more schools in Alabama to the A+ College Ready program.

An AP or Advanced Placement course is college level class offered to high school students.  When students complete the class, they take a special exam.  The grading scale for the exam is 1-5, and success on a AP exam is defined as a grade of 3 or higher.

Most colleges and universities grant college credit for advanced placement, a cost-savings for the family and student, who can earn college credit while in high school.

The percentage of all test takers in Alabama pubic schools who score a 3 or higher on at least one AP exam has increased by more than 75% in the last five years.

The work done through A+ College Ready is a result of public/private partnership that includes funding from the Alabama Legislature.

The Alabama Department of Education partners with A+ College Ready to implement and manage the state's advanced placement program.

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