AdvanceKentucky first began work in 2008 with the goal of promoting equitable and successful access to Advanced Placement coursework for all students across the Commonwealth. Since then, we have expanded our efforts to support middle school mathematics and K-12 computer science.
2022 Annual Report
2021-22 data suggests that the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic are still present in our schools, but overall student performance has recovered to or exceeded pre-pandemic levels. Students in Access to Algebra have seen a rebound of performance on the PSAT 8/9. Average growth from 7th to 8th grade in SY21-22 exceeds pre-pandemic rates but access to advanced math courses in 8th grade is still behind. Prior to participation in the College Readiness Program, classrooms experienced a decline in Advanced Placement enrollments; however, in SY21-22 exam participation has dramatically increased and growth in qualifying scores has recovered to outperform state and national rates. Computer Science Initiatives continues to expand access and opportunity for teachers and students. More teachers have more resources and opportunities to not only offer computer science in their schools but to also increase enrollment and participation.
AP® Seminar’s Impact
AP Seminar, the first course in College Board’s 2-year AP Capstone program, rekindles the curiosity of youth and fortifies it with transferable skills with which students can engage in deeper learning about problems and issues of interest to them. Research suggests that more than any other AP course, AP Seminar positively influences the number of AP courses students take and qualifying scores they earn. Additionally, AP Seminar students are more likely than their peers to pursue advanced educational opportunities in college. Kentucky students are uniquely situated to take advantage of this opportunity as AP Seminar can serve as the English 10 credit.
Algebra in Middle School
For the past five years AdvanceKentucky has worked with middle schools across the state to increase student exposure to algebra in the eighth grade. Recent data suggests that 72% of all students in middle school could see significantly higher PSAT 8/9 math scores in 8th grade if they enroll in Algebra 1 or higher and nearly half of these students would be in range to meet the 8th grade math benchmark.