Alabama leads nation in Advanced Placement gains

{}Alabama is leading the nation in improvements on Advanced Placement tests used to qualify high school students for college credits. Governor Robert Bentley and State School Superintendent Tommy Bice announced the results of a study in Montgomery. {}Over the last six years Alabama students have an increase of 136 percent in the number of Advanced Placement exams passed in mathematics, science and English. The national increase over the same period time was 49 percent. The number of qualifying scores on exams taken in Alabama increased from 4,037 in 2008 to 9,534 this year.{}Alabama's Advanced Placement Training and Incentive Program began in 2008 with the goal of improving scores.