The award comes through the A+ Education Partnership, founded as a non-profit organization. In 2008, at the request of Gov. Bob Riley and State Superintendent Joe Morton, the A+ College Ready division was established with a goal of expanding AP offerings throughout the state. With a National Math and Science grant, donations from corporations and foundations, and funding from the state, more and more schools are able to participate, growing from a dozen pioneer schools the first year to dozens in the state now.
The mission of A+ College Ready is to increase dramatically the number of students in Alabama taking math, science, and English AP courses, earning qualifying scores on AP exams and attending and succeeding in college.
Results have been good, with grown in Alabama’s Math, Science and English Qualifying Scores exceeding the national average.
While programs such as No Child Left Behind have placed priorities on having the entire student population achieve a specified level of minimal requirements, Advanced Placement courses challenge more capable students to reach higher levels.
We commend those in the Sylacauga School System who are seeking to expand the program to enable more students soar to new heights.