A+ College Ready Program
Alabama high schools are being added to a statewide initiative to help more students take Advanced Placement courses. Governor Robert Bentley and the Alabama Department of Education announced the expansion of the state's A+ College Ready Program, today. The addition brings the total number of participating Alabama high schools from 118 to 148. Bentley is proposing adding $1 million for the program in the state's 2015 to 2016 Education Trust Fund budget. State Superintendent Tommy Bice says the additional resources would create 50 more AP classes for 2,000 additional students. The governor's office says Alabama ranks first in the nation for percent increases on AP exam scores in math, science and English. Bentley says students who don't take the AP test still are prepared for college after taking a class.