Ten New High Schools Join AdvanceKentucky

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Ten more public high schools have been invited to participate in the newest cohort of AdvanceKentucky which supports schools in implementation of the National Math and Science Initiative College Readiness Program under a partnership between Kentucky Department of Education and Kentucky Science and Technology Corporation.  These schools are being recognized today at the Kentucky Board of Education meeting. 

 AdvanceKentucky’s program involves content-specific teacher training, instructional support and incentives for students and teachers for achieving scores on Advanced Placement (AP)* exams in math, science and English (MSE) that can qualify for college credit.  Click here for the ‘Elements of Success’ comprising this proven model, which supports AP Calculus, Statistics, Computer Science, Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Physics, English Language and English Literature.

The ten public high schools invited to participate in Cohort 10 are: Barbourville Independent, Breathitt County, Burgin Independent, East Ridge (Pike County), Iroquois (Jefferson County), Knott County Central, Magoffin County, Paducah Tilghman, Sheldon Clark (Martin County), and Taylor County.  Among the 5,900 students in these schools, 70 percent are eligible for free/reduced lunch and 20 percent are minority (African American and Hispanic). These ten schools are on track to add 25 new AP MSE courses with 1,750 projected AP MSE enrollments for the 2017-18 school year. 

With the addition of Cohort 10, 119 of Kentucky’s public high schools will have participated in AdvanceKentucky.  See the list of all AdvanceKentucky schools here.

Since 2009, AdvanceKentucky high schools have continued to see a significant increase in the number of Advanced Placement qualifying scores earned in mathematics, science and English, starting with first-year increases by every cohort that have outpaced national rates.  AdvanceKentucky students have earned significantly higher ACT scores.  Upon high school graduation, AdvanceKentucky students have gone to college at higher rates and significantly fewer of these students have taken remedial classes and earned higher GPAs each year in college.  Recent longitudinal data reveals that many more students in Kentucky public schools are not only capable of Advanced Placement work but are also capable of earning qualifying scores with appropriate support.  These patterns hold true among low income and minority students who traditionally have been underrepresented in AP.  (Click here for AdvanceKentucky’s annual report and performance results.)

Schools interested in applying to AdvanceKentucky for Cohort 11 should contact Anthony Mires at amires@kstc.com and may access the application materials and eligibility guidelines online at advancekentucky.com

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