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More Alabama students taking advanced placement courses

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MONTGOMERY, AL - The number of high school graduates in the state who took an Advanced Placement course has increased by more than 254 percent over the past 10 years, from 3,123 to 11,086.

A new report released by the College Board outlines the number of students taking AP classes from 2003 to 2013.

AP courses provide the opportunity for students to receive college credit in a number of subject areas.

“Over the last ten years, we have seen an impressive jump in the number of students taking AP classes and scoring higher on the exams. We hope to continue to expand AP courses to 100 more schools by 2020 through the partnership with  A+ College Ready. AP courses offer more than challenging coursework – they offer students a chance to be college and career ready by taking and mastering ambitious work,” said Dr. Tommy Bice, State School Superintendent.

There are 34 courses available to students including English Language and Composition, English Literature and Composition, United States History and Biology.

According to Mary Boehm, President of A+ College Ready, plans are underway to provide even more AP courses in the state.

“Through a partnership with the University of Alabama, the National Science Foundation and College Board, 50 high schools across the state will participate in a pilot of a new computer science course that will become an an AP course in 2016 – ultimately giving Alabama students a leg up as they compete for college opportunities and careers in this arena,” Boehm said.
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