More Alabama students passing AP exams

State education leaders say Alabama is first in the nation for growth in high school students making qualifying scores on Advanced Placement exams, and for growth in minority students taking AP courses. {}That growth has taken place over the last five years.

Governor Bentley, state school Superintendent Tommy Bice and supporters of the A Plus College Ready program announced Monday that qualifying scores have gone up 102 percent and minority participation 318 percent over the last five years.

Bice said the improvement is driven by the 64 high schools that participate in A Plus College Ready. It's a public-private that provides students with extra test preparation sessions and help with the cost of the course exams.

Students who pass an AP exam can get college course credit.