As the school year winds down in middle Georgia lots of news is coming out of the school systems.
Bibb County has scrapped plans to start year-round schooling for the 2014-15 year. The financial costs and lack of staff support made it too much of a challenge.
Meanwhile, the Houston County school district, in partnership with Robins Air Force Base, has received a $2.9 million grant to increase the number of students who take AP courses in math, science and English.
David Saba is COO of The National Math and Science Initiative in Dallas, Texas. He says Houston has a goal of increasing enrollment in AP classes by 75 and a half percent next year. He says they also want to increase the number of qualifying or passing grades on AP exams. "Last year, Houston had 419 qualifying scores. They’ve set the goal with us of 787 for next year."
Saba says Bibb County Schools received a grant in 2010 and found much success. "When you have scores in the first year that were as high as they were, up 156 percent in Bibb County, then Houston county says yes, we want those results."
There are plenty of incentives to help students achieve as well. They include a $100 reward to students for each AP test they pass.