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APTV: Students in AP Classes Receive Many Benefits
September 22, 2014 | Comments
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In a report by Alabama Public Television, A+ College Ready was recently recognized for its contribution to Alabama's success in Advanced Placement programs across the state. The report focused on the benefits that students receive from taking AP classes. View the story below.
In August, A+ College Ready hosted its annual Results Celebration in Montgomery to announce the amazing success of all A+ College Ready Program and Partner Schools. Specifically, schools within Cohort VI, which started the A+ College Ready AP Program in the 2013-2014 school year, were recognized for the growth they experienced during their first year of implementation. The Cohort as a whole, comprised of 21 schools from across the state, saw an increase of 81% in qualifying scores on AP math, science, and English exams. During this same time period, the state of Alabama experienced 8% growth, and the nation experienced 5% growth.
Both Governor Bentley and Dr. Bice congratulated A+ College Ready and its schools at the Celebration event in August. Governor Bentley was quoted saying, "It's good to be number one in something other than football." Alabama ranks number one in the nation in percent growth in qualifying scores on AP math, science, and English exams with 136% growth from 2008-2014. This is compared to 49% growth in the nation over the same time period.
Dr. Bice acknowledged that the investment of the Alabama State Department of Education in the A+ College Ready AP Program has been beneficial, as Alabama has seen remarkable growth since its inception in 2008. 
In 2014-15, The ALSDE/A+ College Ready AP Initiative will support 118 schools in 54 districts. The program elements include open enrollment in AP math, science and English classes, increased time on task for students, intensive teacher training, support from master teachers, and stipends for teachers and students. The AP Initiative works closely with the Alabama Math Science and Technology Initiative (AMSTI) and the Alabama Reading Initiative (ARI) to assist all Alabama students in meeting the state’s College and Career Ready Standards.
*Advanced Placement and AP are registered trademarks of the College Board.

For more information, contact:
Mary Boehm, President - marydboehm@bellsouth.net
Andrew Mitchell, Communications Director - andrew@aplusala.org

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Gov. Bentley & Dr. Bice Announce Alabama is #1 Again!
August 26, 2014 | Comments
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Governor Robert Bentley announced Alabama ranks number one in the nation in percent growth of students achieving qualifying scores on math, science, and English Advanced Placement* (AP) exams, with a 136% increase over the last six years. Additionally, the results show even higher percentage increases in math, science and English qualifying scores for minority students over the last six years -- an amazing 232% increase compared to a national increase of 112%, ranking Alabama as number one among... [continue reading]
Congratulations to Stephanie Hyatt on Many Honors!
August 25, 2014 | Comments
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A+ College Ready congratulates Stephanie Hyatt, one of Alabama's best "Laying The Foundation" trainers and AP instructors, on her recent achievements. The University of Alabama - Huntsville has bestowed on her the distinction of being among the few that have received the "Alumni of Achievement Award." According to the National Math & Science Initiative's English Director, Michelle Stie-Buckles, "Stephanie has been a vocal and effective supporter of LTF in Huntsville and has served has one o... [continue reading]
Video: Students Demonstrating "Sphero"
July 14, 2014 | Comments
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Check out Jake and Benji,  two students who worked with Jeff Gray at the University of Alabama, demonstrating “Sphero” at the weeklong Professional Development  held at UA for Alabama teachers who will be teaching Computer Science Principles next year. Read more and watch the video.
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Building an AP Culture in Alabama
June 23, 2014 | Comments
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In May, the seventh Cohort of A+ College Ready high schools was announced at the Alabama State Board of Education meeting, along with a presentation of the astounding, successful results of the Advanced Placement (AP) program expansion. The collaborative efforts of A+ College Ready and the Alabama State Department of Education have been aggressively reaching more students each year, and the data that was presented is a compelling argument for keeping it going strong.... [continue reading]
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