Our mission is to work with local, state and national partners to dramatically expand access to and participation and success in rigorous college-level work in high school, particularly among student populations traditionally underrepresented in these courses.

   AdvanceKentucky is a statewide math-science initiative dedicated to helping Kentucky’s students reach new heights in rigorous academic achievement. Begun in 2007, this is a partnership among Kentucky Science and Technology Corporation (KSTC), Kentucky Department of Education and the National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) and several other sponsors (see below).  We are continually seeking partners to serve all schools interested in the NMSI Model. NATIONAL IMPACT   AdvanceKentucky is one of only six programs initially selected by NMSI under a national competition to scale up this proven program.  We remain a partner in demonstrating scale up strategies. See below for the locations of all current NMSI programming across the United States. 
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ELEMENTS OF SUCCESS   Interrelated Elements of Success comprise the NMSI Model that is premised on a philosophy of voluntary school participation, a culture of inclusiveness and high expectations for all students.   The model expands access to, preparation for and participation in academically rigorous coursework, i.e., the Advanced Placement (AP) Program*.  This includes extensive Pre-AP preparation strategies for longer term impact.

ELIGIBLE AP COURSES   The eligible math, science and English (MSE) AP courses include: Calculus (AB, BC), Computer Science, Statistics, Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Physics (B, C: Electricity and Magnetism, C: Mechanics), English Language and English Literature. 

Success is measured by growth in students’ participation in AP courses both in terms of enrollments and of Qualifying Scores (three and above on a five-point scale) in eligible AP courses, which typically are taken by juniors and seniors.

CAPACITY   One hundred and one (101) schools have been involved since 2008/09.  New schools are announced each April during annual briefings before the Kentucky Board of Education.  Application materials remain on the website year-round.     

SPONSORS   Contracts with the Kentucky Department of Education currently support AdvanceKentucky, along with funding from Appalachian Regional Commission.   
NMSI (including its Initiative for Military Families) awarded $13 million to AdvanceKentucky over six years that was matched 1:1 by AdvanceKentucky.   Federal funding has been provided from US Department of Education AP Incentive Program through the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE), and from the Appalachian Regional Commission.  KDE began making annual contributions in 2010.  State sponsors also include the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education.  Berea College began multi-year commitments under several federal grants from the US Department of Education: GEAR UP, i3 and Promise Neighborhoods.  


200 W. Vine St. Suite 420
Lexington, KY 40507