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A+ College Ready program to challenge HHS students

Published 9:16am Thursday, March 7, 2013

Holtville High School has been selected for participation in the statewide A+ College Ready Advanced Place­ment Training and Incentive Program. The addition of HHS to the program means all public high schools in Elmore County will be included in the initiative.
The initiative is aimed at increasing the number of students taking Advanced Placement courses in math, science and English. It is funded by a multi-million grant from the National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI).
Holtville High and other newly-chosen schools will join those already participating in the program across the state. Wetumpka High School became part of the program in 2010, followed by Stanhope Elmore and Tallassee in 2011. Elmore County High was added to the program this school year.
Schools are selected through a competitive application process. Each participating school receives approximately $50,000 for the program over a three-year period.
“The story of Elmore County’s success in the A+ College Ready Advanced Placement Training and incentive program is truly amazing,” said Dr. Jeff Langham, Superintendent of Elmore County Schools.
“To be selected for A+ College Ready is a tremendous accomplishment and this will open new and exciting opportunities for our students and teachers. Congratulations to Principal Jimmy Hull; and his leadership team for their hard work in making this happen.”
The school’s faculty will be required to encourage more students to enroll in AP courses. Funding will be used to underwrite the cost of teacher training, as well as to provide financial incentives for students, teachers and school leaders.
The statewide success of the A+ program was celebrated by Alabama leaders during a special program held at Stanhope Elmore High School this past September.
Officials pointed to results released by the College Board showing a major increase in the number Alabama public school students taking Advanced Placement (AP) exams and in the level of scoring over the past five years. With a 318 percent increase in minority participation and 102 percent increase in qualifying scores, the College Board ranked Alabama No. 1 in the nation for Advanced Placement improvement and growth, especially among minority groups.
“We should all be extremely proud of the fact that Alabama has led the nation in AP growth over the last five years,” said State Superintendent of Education Tommy Bice. “This program is a model for what can happen when you form a public and private partnership focused on giving teachers and students the tools they need to be successful in the classroom.”

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