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Our History The A+ Education Partnership was founded in 1991 as a non-profit organization to unite business, civic, parent, government and education leaders around one common goal: improving student achievement. In 2008, at the request of Governor Riley and the State Superintendent, A+ established a new operating division dedicated to improving student achievement in math, science and English. The division, entitled A+ College Ready, was the recipient of a $13.2 million grant from the National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) to establish the Advanced Placement Training and Incentive Program (APTIP) a proven program that provides students and teachers with the tools, resources and support needed to achieve academic excellence.
Our Mission A+ College Ready works to dramatically increase the number of students in Alabama taking math, science, and English AP courses, earning qualifying scores on AP exams and attending and succeeding in college.
Cohort I: In the first year of the program, the 12 pioneer schools experienced an 81% increase in Math science and English Qualifying Scores. After a second year of participation in the initiative, the combined two-year increase in MSE Qualifying Scores for these schools was 114.5% compared to a national average of 13.6%. This contributed to a state increase of 48.2%, far exceeding the national average. Even more impressive were the results for minorities, which saw a 142.7% increase over two years, contributing to the states 86.3% increase - compared to the national average of 27.7%.
Cohort II: In the second year of the program, an additional 11 schools participated in the program. Cohort II schools produced a 132% increase in AP MSE Qualifying scores in their first year, going from 342 Qualifying Scores to 794. Minority students outperformed the rest of the group with a 143% increase in Qualifying Scores as compared to a national minority increase of 13%
Cohort III: 20 additional schools began participating in the program in the 2010 – 2011 school year. In the first year of participation in the initiative, Cohort III saw a 111% increase in AP MSE Qualifying Scores, compared to 8% nationally. Minority students had an impressive 258% increase in AP MSE Qualifying Scores, compared to 17% in the nation.
Cohort IV: 21 new schools started the A+ College Ready Program in the 2011-2012 school year. In the first year of participation in the program, Cohort IV saw a 83% increase in AP MSE Qualifying Scores, compared to 8% in the nation. Minority students had a 49% increase in year 1, compared to 13% in the nation.
Cohort V: Starting their first year in the program in 2012-2013, Cohort V brought an additional 12 schools to the A+ College Ready program. First year growth for Cohort V in AP MSE Qualifying Scores was an impressive 119%, compared to 7% in the nation. Minority students in Cohort V achieved a record-setting 260% increase in AP MSE Qualifying Scores.
Cohort VI: In the 2013-2014 School year, 21 new schools joined the A+ College Ready Program. After their first year, Cohort VI schools saw an increase in AP MSE Qualifying Scores of 81%. Over the same time period, the nation saw a 5% increase. Minority students in Cohort VI saw an AP MSE Qualifying Score growth of 67%, compared to 10% in the nation.
Cohort VII: A+ College Ready is excited to announce that 21 new schools have joined our program for the 2014-2015 school year. These schools were announced at a State Board of Education Meeting recently.
Our Ongoing Commitment The achievements and growth of the program are made possible in part by the ability of A+ College Ready to raise funds to meet the match requirements set forth by NMS in the original grant. To date, we have successfully raised just under $2 Million from generous donors including Alabama Power Foundation, Regions, Boeing, Huntsville Community Foundations and the Wiregrass Foundation. In addition, since 2006 the state has provided $6.2 million in competitive grants to encourage the expansion of AP in the state – including annual grants to the A+ College Ready program schools in support of their efforts.