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WHO WE ARE

A program of A+ Education Partnership, A+ College Ready partners with high schools and their feeder middle schools to create cultures of HIGH ACADEMIC EXPECTATIONS for ALL students, teachers, and administrators. It is our goal to increase the number of students in Alabama enrolled in math, science, English, social studies, and Computer Science 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.

Our Two-Fold Approach:

1. E3 training and support for teachers in grades 6-10/precalculus featuring lessons, strategies, and assessments from the National Math and Science Initiative's (NMSI) Laying the Foundation (LTF) and pedagogical strategies from Marzano Research's The New Art and Science of Teaching.

2. High-quality training and support for Advanced Placement teachers, including College Board resources infused with lessons, strategies, and assessments created by Alabama master AP teachers, designed to support both the novice and experienced AP teachers.

A+ COLLEGE READY’S IMPACT ON ALABAMA EDUCATION

Over the past ten years, Alabama has QUADRUPLED the number of students taking AP exams going from 5,327 students in 2008 to 27,575 students in 2018.

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 ten years in the percent increase in qualifying scores on AP math, science and English exams.

OUR ONGOING COMMITMENT

From 2008-2018, Alabama led the nation in percentage growth of qualifying AP scores in math, science and English for students overall, and was third in the nation for minority student success. To continue this growth, we’ve added support for the new AP Computer Science Principals course. Also, we now provide support for social studies educators and students to expand learning opportunities across the curriculum.

The majority of the 85 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 who do not have the resources to offer AP courses.