Alabama Students Tops in Improved Performance on Advanced Placement Tests

The Birmingham News

By Marie Leech

Gov. Bob Riley cheers improvements by Alabama students in Advance Placement tests. (Birmingham News file)
Alabama students led the nation in improved performance on Advanced Placement tests, according to reports released today by the College Board, which administers the tests nationally.

According to the report, Alabama showed the greatest percentage increase in the number of students scoring a passing grade on AP tests, at 17.7 percent. The national increase was 8.3 percent.

At a news conference this morning to announce the gains, Gov. Bob Riley and state Superintendent Joe Morton praised the scores and held red foam fingers saying No. 1.

“Two and a half years ago, 50 or 60 percent of the kids in the state of Alabama could not take AP courses,” Riley said. “Today 100 percent can take up to 14 AP courses in every high school in Alabama.”

Students have that ability because of ACCESS distance learning and the state’s partnership with A Plus College Ready, a program focused on expanding the AP initiative across the state.