Alabama is leading the nation in improvements on Advanced Placement tests used to qualify high school students for college credits.
Gov. Robert Bentley and State School Superintendent Tommy Bice announced the results of a study in Montgomery on Wednesday.
Over the last six years Alabama students shown an increase of 136 percent in the number of Advanced Placement exams passed in mathematics, science and English. The national increase over the same period time was 49 percent.
Alabama education officials say the state is No. 1 in the nation for the growth in high school students making qualifying scores on Advanced Placement exams for the last five years and for the growth in minority students taking AP courses.
Gov. Robert Bentley, state school Superintendent Tommy Bice and supporters of the A Plus College Ready program announced Monday in Millbrook that qualifying scores have gone up 102 percent and minority participation 318 percent over the last five years.