Each year, the College Board releases its Advanced Placement© Honor Roll list of school districts that simultaneously increased the number of students taking AP tests and the number of students achieving a passing score on the tests. This year, two school districts in Alabama made the honor roll: Hartselle City Schools and Cleburne County Schools. Both districts participate in the A+ College Ready program.
The A+ College Ready program provides students and teachers with the tools, resources, and support needed to boost AP participation and achievement. Since the program began in 2008, participating schools have experienced dramatic increases in the number of students that take AP exams, earn qualifying scores, and attend and succeed in college.
Hartselle City Schools joined the A+ College Ready Program at the beginning of the 2010-2011 school year. Since then, enrollment in AP courses has risen from 99 students before the program to 355 students this year. In other words, participation has risen almost 360% in just two years!
Hartselle students are also scoring better on the AP exams. In the first year of A+ College Ready, Hartselle students received 129 qualifying scores of a 3 or above, as compared to only 46 qualifying scores the year before. Hartselle ranked second in the state, behind LAMP in Montgomery, in qualifying score increases.
Like Hartselle, Cleburne County Schools also joined the A+ College Ready Program in 2010. Enrollment in AP scores in this district has also jumped from 69 students before the program to a total of 112 students this school year. The number of qualifying scores in the district has also tripled.