published Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

Alabama leads U.S. in Advanced Placement improvements

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Alabama is leading the nation in improvements on Advanced Placement tests used to qualify high school students for college credits.

Gov. Robert Bentley and State School Superintendent Tommy Bice announced the results of a study in Montgomery on Wednesday.

Over the last six years Alabama students shown 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.

The College Board released similar findings earlier this month.

The new report tracks results of the Advanced Placement Training and Incentive Program in Alabama. It began in 2008 with the goal of improving scores.

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