2013 Press Release



September 30, 2013


Etowah County Schools Boosts Student Achievement in AP Courses by 123 Percent in Year Three, Opening Doors to College


Implementation of Advanced Placement Training and Incentive program drives significant gains in student enrollment and success in AP

CITY, STATE – Etowah County Schools  announced its third year of Advanced Placement*(AP) results, indicating a 123 percent increase in the number of qualifying scores.  Hokes Bluff  an Southside High received the A+ College Ready Grant in 2010 and have made great strides in AP achievements.  Three other high schools (West End, Gaston, and Sardis) joined the A+ College Ready Initiative in the spring of 2013.  In 2012-2013, 534 students in Etowah County participated in rigorous Advanced Placement* (AP) classes.  Of those students, 19 were recognized as AP Scholars for receiving qualifying scores on three or more exams, an impressive achievement.

Driving the increases in student achievement is the implementation of the Advanced Placement Training and Incentive Program (APTIP), which [high school/district] began implementing in [year]. The goal of APTIP is to boost student enrollment and achievement, particularly for under-represented student groups in rigorous AP courses – an indicator of college success.

The State Department of Education has invested heavily in AP in the state by providing significant funds for the APTIP program which is implemented through a partnership with A+ College Ready. “Our investment in increasing rigor in our high schools through AP is paying off, said Dr. Bice, “Alabama is making significant gains toward closing the achievement gap among traditionally under-represented students, and better preparing all students for college, work and adulthood in the 21st century.”

The APTIP program is the result of a public-private partnership that includes funds from the Alabama legislature and the State Board of Education, the National Math and Science Initiative, and additional matching funds from Alabama donors including Alabama Power Foundation, Regions Inc., Boeing and ExxonMobil along with other corporations, foundations and individual donors across the state.

In 2013-14, The ALSDE/A+ College Ready AP Initiative supports 97 schools in 43 Districts and provides access to AP classes for 16,685 students, providing increased time on task through special study sessions and intensive teacher training, support from master teachers and stipends for teachers and students.

Southside High and Hokes Bluff High are recognizing AP students for their qualifying scores at  pre-football game celebrations. Each student will receive $100 for every math, science, and English qualifying AP score.  

Students in Etowah County Schools experienced growth in AP Math, Science, & English courses offered, enrollment, & qualifying scores, according to data from SDE/A+ College Ready and the College Board. The SDE/A+ College Ready Advanced Placement Initiative trained AP, Pre-AP, and middle school teachers to raise the level of rigor in math, science, and English classes at each school. Students also received extra study time and incentives for earning qualifying scores on the AP Exams.
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                                             *Math, Science, and English Scores Only Represented
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