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COLLEGE READY MISSION


ABOUT

A+ College Ready is dedicated to developing effective teachers to educate students at higher levels, and to promoting the attainment of higher education in Alabama. It is our goal to increase the number of students in Alabama enrolled in math, science, English, and social studies Advanced Placement (AP) courses, earn qualifying scores on AP exams, and attend and succeed in college. Through our proven program, students and educators are equipped with the tools, resources, and support needed to achieve academic excellence.

 

Also through Laying the Foundation (LTF) training and LTF-infused course development, we are able to provide educators with the tools they need to prepare students in earlier grades for the rigor of AP, and to successfully teach to the high expectations of Alabama’s College and Career Ready Standards.

A+ COLLEGE READY’S IMPACT ON ALABAMA EDUCATION

Over the past eight years, Alabama has QUADRUPLED the number of students taking AP exams going from 5,327 students in 2008 to 27,817 students in 2016.

After just one year in the A+ College Ready program, 132 Alabama high schools showed an average 105% increase in AP qualifying scores – 17 times the national average.

Efforts have resulted in Alabama ranking #1 in the nation over the past eight years in the percent increase in qualifying scores on AP math, science and English exams.

OUR ONGOING COMMITMENT

 

Over the past seven years, Alabama has led the nation in percentage growth of qualifying AP scores in math, science and English for students overall, and is third in the nation for minority student success. To continue this growth, we’ve added support for a new AP computer science course. Also, we now provide support for social studies educators and students to expand learning opportunities across the curriculum.

 

The majority of the 67 districts that we serve have significant numbers of children living in poverty. To reach these students, A+ College Ready has recently expanded to a number of these schools to provide support to those that do not have the resources to offer AP courses.

 

Recognizing the value of this work for all students, the Alabama State Department of Education has partnered with A+ College Ready to provide this training for schools identified as low-performing.