Foley High School announced today its 2013 Advanced Placement*(AP) results, indicating a 239 percent increase in the number of qualifying scores achieved by students in AP math, science and English tests. The investment in the ALSDE/A+ College Ready AP Program is proving well worth it with significant gains in student enrollment and success in Advanced Placement. In 2013-2014, three times more students at Foley High School participated in rigorous AP classes than the year prior.
“We are very pleased with our school’s progress. In the 2013-14 school year, we increased the number of AP course offerings from six to ten, increased AP student enrollment from 138 to 400, and increased the number of qualifying scores from 23 to 87. These 87 qualifying scores will save these students and parents approximately $105,000 in college tuition. While these numbers are impressive, we are most proud of the invaluable experience our students are gaining. These AP students are able to get a feel for college courses while in a very supportive and caring environment. I tell students that I would rather them learn how to struggle while at Foley High than learn to struggle for the first time miles away from home with no solid support system. We have amazingly hardworking teachers who go above and beyond to see that our students are challenged with rigorous coursework, but also support them through that challenge,” said Wendi Lores, Foley High School AP Coordinator
ALSDE/A+ College Ready AP Program
Driving the increases in student achievement is the implementation of the ALSDE/A+ College Ready AP Program, which Foley High School began implementing in 2013. The goal of A+ College Ready is to boost student enrollment and achievement, particularly for under-represented student groups in rigorous AP courses – an indicator of college success.
At a special event held at the Alabama State Capitol August 27th, Governor Robert Bentley and Dr. Tommy Bice, the Alabama State Superintendent of Education, announced that Alabama ranks #1 in the nation in percent increase in Math, Science, and English qualifying scores. The State Department of Education has invested heavily in the AP initiative, which is implemented through a partnership with A+ College Ready.
Governor Bentley congratulated the AP students and teachers saying, “Alabama students are succeeding in AP classes at unprecedented rates. A+ College Ready is a good investment that is preparing our students for college-level courses and career. It is a good day in Alabama when we see so many of our students from different backgrounds succeeding in AP courses.”
Alabama Legislature and The State Department of Education Funding
The Alabama Legislature and The State Department of Education now provide significant funds for the AP Initiative, building on initial investments from the private sector, including the National Math and Science Initiative, Alabama Power Foundation, Regions Inc., Boeing and ExxonMobil, along with other corporations, foundations and individual donors across the state.
In 2014-15, The ALSDE/A+ College Ready AP Initiative will support 118 schools in 54 Districts, with over 25,000 student enrollments, providing increased time on task through special study sessions and intensive teacher training, support from master teachers and stipends for teachers and students. The AP Initiative works closely with the Alabama Math Science and Technology Initiative (AMSTI) and the Alabama Reading Initiative (ARI) to assist all Alabama students in meeting the state’s College and Career Ready Standards.
For more information on AP classes, please see Wendi Lores, Foley High School AP Coordinator