Tuesday, August 02, 2005

More Eye-Popping Education Results For Huckabee

Last Friday, we reported some remarkable results from Governor Mike Huckabee's education reforms in Arkansas. Today, there are more.

According to the Associated Press, the Arkansas Department of Education released information today showing that Arkansas has experienced a 108 percent increase in the number of students taking advanced placement (AP) exams this year versus 2004. According to Ken James, head of Arkansas' education department, the results show Arkansas' education is on the right track because taking an AP exam is a predictor of later success.

According to the department, the increase is the largest any state has ever seen in a single year in the 50-year history of the AP exam.

Governor Huckabee lauded the results, saying it proves education reforms are working. Huckabee's efforts helped secure legislation that requires AP courses in English, math, science and social studies be available in all Arkansas high schools.

Under Huckabee, Arkansas has adopted one of the most rigorous high school curricula in the nation. Dubbed Smart Core, it requires that every high school student take four years of English, four years of math, and three years each of science and social studies. Without such standards, Huckabee said, white kids in wealthy suburban schools are often the only students who have access to advanced classes. "This has forced schools to recognize that we have to provide an equal education for every student regardless of where he or she lives in the state," said Huckabee, who chairs the Education Commission on the States, a clearinghouse of education information for policy-makers.

Mike Huckabee delivers.


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