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MOBILE, Ala. -- Passing scores for Advanced Placement math, science and English tests increased 81 percent at 12 Alabama high schools through a national education program funded by ExxonMobil.
Located in Jefferson County and Montgomery, the schools participate in the Advanced Placement Training and Incentive Programs supported by the National Math and Science Initiative, of which ExxonMobil is a founding sponsor, committing $125 million in support, the company stated.
"Alabama students can excel at math and science given the right opportunity," Paul Dieffenthaller, superintendent for ExxonMobil’s Mobile Bay operations, said in a statement. "ExxonMobil is very proud that our investment is helping prepare more Alabama students for college."
The 81-percent increase in passing scores is 14 times the national average, and nearly four times the overall state average, according to the company.
"The results of the initiative show that the public and private sectors working together can better prepare students to compete in today’s technology-driven economy," Dieffenthaller added. "ExxonMobil remains committed to this initiative and we look forward to being a part of its continued success in Alabama for many years to come."
Overall enrollment in AP courses at the schools doubled last year, while minority student participation nearly tripled, from 209 students in 2008 to 826 students in 2009, ExxonMobil stated. Qualifying scores by the minority students increased 67 percent.
Participating schools include Clay-Chalkville High School, Gardendale High School, Hueytown High School, Jefferson County International Baccalaureate High School, Minor High School, Pinson Valley High School, Pleasant Grove High School and Shades Valley High School.
The nonprofit National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) launched two years ago to raise math and science achievement in the U.S. by expanding education projects that produce proven results, according to the company.
In 2008, NMSI awarded more than $79 million in grants, working with state coalitions for high schools across Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Kentucky, Massachusetts and Virginia.
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