Saturday, September 24, 2016

MPS Makes Dramatic Gains in Advanced Placement

State Superintendent Dr. Joe Morton presents MPS Superintendent Barbara Thompson with a $1,000 scholarship for a deserving student.
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MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Five Montgomery Public Schools participating in the A+ College Ready initiative have shown dramatic increases in Advanced Placement (AP)® success in math, science and English, nearly doubling their number of passing scores on AP exams since joining the program.


“These five schools belong to a network of 43 A+ College Ready schools that are helping us open AP classroom doors to more students than ever before, including some students who may not have initially believed they could succeed at this level,” said state Superintendent of Education  Dr. Joe Morton. “However, these results show that with the right support Alabama teachers and students can achieve at high levels.”


The program’s success is measured by the number of passing scores earned on AP exams. 

  • The four Montgomery public schools that joined the program in 2008 (Booker T. Washington, Brewbaker Technology Magnet, LAMP and Robert E. Lee high schools)  increased passing scores on AP exams 95 percent - from 204 in 2008 to 398 in 2010.
  • In 2009, a fifth Montgomery public school (Jefferson Davis High School) joined the program and increased the number of qualifying scores from 1 to 8.
  • Combined, the five schools increased their passing scores by 99% since joining the program.


These gains were made possible through the hard work of teachers and students working with A+ College Ready, a statewide initiative to increase the number of students prepared to take rigorous Advanced Placement courses in math, science and English. 


The funding for this initiative is the result of a public-private partnership that includes $1.3 million this year from the Alabama legislature, a $13.2 million grant from the National Math and Science Initiative and additional matching funds from Alabama donors.


“The A+ College Ready program gives us an opportunity to invest in something that can make a real impact on the lives of Alabama students,” said Leigh Perry, President of Alabama Power Foundation. “The proof is in the results.  Alabama students can compete with students anywhere. This ultimately creates a more competitive workforce and a stronger Alabama.” 


A+ College Ready provides training, resources and incentives to help schools expand their AP Programs.  Teachers attend weeklong AP Summer Institutes, get coaching from experienced and successful AP teachers, and receive stipends to compensate them for the extra time and work involved in teaching these advanced courses.  Students may also attend Saturday study sessions taught by successful AP teachers from across the U.S.  Financial incentives are available to teachers and students to recognize academic achievement.


A+ College Ready, a division of the A+ Education Partnership, was created with a $13.2 million grant from the National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) to implement a proven Advanced Placement training and incentive initiative in public schools throughout Alabama. Key leadership involved in launching and supporting this public-private partnership included the governor, the state superintendent of education, the Alabama Power Foundation, the Alabama Math, Science and Technology Education Coalition, Regions Financial Corporation and ExxonMobil Corporation. For more information, please visit


The National Math and Science Initiative was formed to address the declining numbers of students equipped for careers in math and science, a trend posing a great economic and intellectual threat to the nation. The Advanced Placement Training and Incentive Program has three main goals: To increase the number of students enrolled in Advanced Placement math, science and English courses; to increase the number of students earning qualifying scores on AP exams in those subject areas; and to increase the number of students attending and graduating from college with degrees in math and science. NMSI's founding donors are the ExxonMobil Corporation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation. For more information, please visit


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