BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - A new report shows Alabama has been closing the achievement gap between black and white high school students on Advanced Placement tests faster than any other state.
But the College Board report released Wednesday also found that Alabama students' overall performance, while steadily improving, is still among the nation's worst.
Just over 7 percent of the state's high school seniors who scored at least a 3 out of a possible 5 were black. That was up from 4.5 percent in 2003 and is the most significant gain for black students in any state.
Only 6.8 percent of all Alabama students in the class of 2008 scored well, compared with 15 percent of students nationally.
A total of 5,327 Alababama students took Advanced Placement tests last year compared to 3,129 in 2003.