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Alabama leading the nation in AP test improvements

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Over the last six years Alabama students have shown an increase in the number of Advanced Placement exams passed in mathematics, science and English.(Source: MGN Online) Over the last six years Alabama students have shown an increase in the number of Advanced Placement exams passed in mathematics, science and English.(Source: MGN Online)
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

Alabama is leading the nation in improvements on Advanced Placement tests used to qualify high school students for college credits.

Governor Robert Bentley and State School Superintendent Tommy Bice announced the results Wednesday.

Over the last six years, Alabama students have shown a 136 percent increase in the number of Advanced Placement exams passed in mathematics, science and English.

The national increase over the same period time was 49 percent.

"I am really excited; I think it's about time that we have shown that we are capable of doing this kind of thing," said AP Physics teacher Margie Zoladz. "When I go other places and people ask me where I am from, and I say I am from Alabama, usually there is something in the back of their head that makes them think we're from a place where the schools aren't very good."

Zoladz said a few years ago, one of her AP classes had 35 students, but now it has over 80. There are a number of reasons why students want to take these classes. A passing grade in an AP course weighs more heavily than a standard class - an 'A' would register as a 5.0, not a 4.0.

There is also a $100 incentive for each AP test passed at the end of the course. The AP program helps students save a bundle, according to Grissom senior James Brahm.

"At a lot of colleges, a student who takes all the AP classes available at Grissom can exempt pretty much their entire freshman year and start on their major classes early," Brahm explained. "Therefore, they can graduate earlier or have more time to focus on fewer classes later in their college career."

Learn more about Advanced Placement courses and credit opportunities from The College Board.

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