This year’s presidential election highlights the top two greatest concerns in our country; #1 is the economy, #2 is education. Alabama leaders are acutely aware that by investing in education and supporting high-impact programs like Advanced Placement, the long-term outlook of the state’s economy is much more promising.
“Alabama students are succeeding in AP classes at unprecedented rates,” Governor Robert Bentley said during a statewide AP celebration held September 24th. “A+ College Ready is a proven investment that is preparing our students for college-level courses. It is a good day in Alabama when we see so many of our students from different backgrounds succeeding in AP courses.”
Advanced Placement (AP) Chemistry, according to Wetumpka High School senior Jonothan Seagers, is “by far the toughest course” for him. But he also says it’s one of his favorites, “because I find it interesting … it gives me the opportunity to learn more about elements and compounds. I like to know how and why things work.”
Jonathan joined the Governor and other state education leaders at the celebration to recognize Alabama students and teachers who have blown past all other states in AP enrollment and progress, specifically in math, science and English. The celebration, held at Stanhope Elmore High School, not only recognized the accomplishments of Alabama’s current AP students, it also announced the addition of yet another cohort of schools joining the A+ College Ready program.
State Superintendent Dr. Tommy Bice presented the statewide results of the 64 schools in 27 districts that participate in Advanced Placement Training and Incentive Program (APTIP), facilitated by A+ College Ready.
U.S. Representative Martha Roby, NMS Regional Director Dale Fleury and Elmore County Superintendent Jeffry Langham were also on the agenda and enthusiastically shared their personal congratulations.