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AP Math Teachers Recognized For Extraordinary Growth
October 10, 2014 | Comments
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At the recent 2-Day AP Math training at Samford University, several teachers were recognized for leading their students to exceptional success on AP exams. Teachers also participated in intensive professional development led by nationally recognized AP math trainers. A+ College Ready Math Content Director, Kitty Morgan, presented awards to teachers from across the state for beating national averages on AP exam sections, as well as for greatly increasing the number of students earning qualifying scores. A+ College Ready recently announced the results that Alabama is ranked first in the nation in qualifying score growth in AP math, science, and English exams. The following awards help illuminate how these results were achieved. 


Category 1: Beat The Mean

Each of the teachers below matched or beat the national mean for student success on each subsection of the AP Exam.
 

AP Calculus AB
Scott Sharp – Huntsville High School
Beat the Mean on 11/11 categories 
57 qualifying scores achieved out of 80 students enrolled for a 71% pass rate, and 17 students earned a 5 on the exam.
 

AP Calculus BC
Shaun Bardell – James Clemens High School
Beat the Mean on 11/11 categories
42 qualifying scores achieved out of 43 students enrolled for a 98% pass rate, and 5 students earned a 5 on the exam

 
AP Statistics

Patrick Delay – Sparkman High School
Beat the Mean on 10/10 categories
14 qualifying scores achieved out of 17 students enrolled for a 82% pass rate, and 3 students earned a 5 on the exam

 
AP Computer Science A

Jennifer Rountree – Bob Jones High School
Beat the Mean on 12/12 categories
14 qualifying scores achieved out of 15 students enrolled for a 93% pass rate, and 6 students earned a 5 on the exam
 

 

Category 2: Big Jumpers

These teachers had the largest increase in qualifying scores on the AP Exam from last year.
 
AP Calculus AB  
Lance Thomas- Daphne High School; increased from 6 qualifying scores to 20.
 
AP Calculus BC
Ryan James- Hewitt Trussville High School; increased from 7 qualifying scores to 25. Out of an enrollment of 28, that is a 89% pass rate. Additionally, his students beat the mean on 8/11 categories, and 11 students scored a 5 on the exam.
 
AP Statistics
Bill Beumer- Virgil Grissom High School; increased from 27 qualifying scores to 44. His students also beat the mean on 6/10 categories, and 11 students scored a 5 on the exam.
Carrie Bates- Buckhorn High School; increased from 25 qualifying scores to 42.
 
AP Comp Science A
Jeff Baker- Huntsville High School; increased from 19 qualifying scores to 24. Last year Mr. Baker increased from 8 qualifying scores 19.
 

Category 3: Steady Increase

The following teachers have shown constant improvement over multiple years in program.

AP Calculus AB
Becky Becnel- Saraland High School 15-> 17-> 27
Mike Kantaris- Shelby County 0-> 5-> 11
 
AP Statistics
Shannon Shepperd- Fairhope High School 5-> 11
 

Category 4: Super Newbies

The following teachers have shown immense success in their first year teaching AP math.
 
AP Calculus AB
Nancy Hartfield- James Clemens High School; her students beat the mean on 10/11 categories. Additionally, she had 19 qualifying scores out of an enrollment 27, for a pass rate of 70%, with 7 students scoring a 5 on the exam.
 
AP Calculus BC
Kim Naramore – Paul W. Bryant High School; of her 10 students. 7 earned qualifying scores, they beat the mean on 4 categories, and 3 students scored a 5 on the exam.

Linda Howse – Cullman High School; all 7 of her students earned a qualifying score, and beat the mean on 4 categories.
Nancy Jennings – Enterprise High School; 7 of her 15 students earned a qualifying score, with 2 students earning a 5 on the exam.  
 
AP Statistics
Scotty Keenan- Foley High School; in his hirst year he had 29 qualifying scores, with 3 students scoring a 5 on the exam
 
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AP Students: Enter for your chance to win $50 #whyItakeAP
September 29, 2014 | Comments
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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. However, we want to know what excites YOU about taking an AP course! [continue reading]
 
 
APTV: Students in AP Classes Receive Many Benefits
September 22, 2014 | Comments
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In a recent in-depth report on Alabama Public Television, A+ College Ready was highlighted for its success in expanding Advanced Placement programs statewide. The report also looked at the financial benefits for students who take an AP class. At the recent A+ College Ready Results Celebration in Montgomery, Governor Bentley and Dr. Bice also recognized the success of the A+ College Ready AP Program.  [continue reading]
 
 
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]
 
 
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