Alabama AP students are tops in the nation

Alabama is{}a state accustomed to ranking near the bottom. That is what makes{}this news from the State Department of Education so good.{} Alabama ranks number one among all 50 states in percent increases of students passing math, science and English Advanced Placement exams. Minority students taking these exams also did extremely well, ranking Alabama number two among all 50 states in percent increase for minorities.

Much of the credit for the marked increases is given to the Advanced Placement Training and Incentive Program (APTIP). This is a partnership between the Alabama State Department of Education and A+ College Ready. Seventy-six high schools participated in the program in 2012-2013 school year. In the class of 2012, one-thousand more graduates succeeded on AP exams than even took the exam with the program started in the class of 2002.{} APTIP now has expanded to 97 high schools in 43 districts across the state this school year.

Additional funding for AP was secured in the last legislative session so that another 21 high schools will participate in the initiate for the next three years. Included among those schools are Gaston High School and Sardis High School in Etowah county, Walker High School in Jasper, Piedmont High School, St. Clair County High School, and Sylacauga High School.