Lexington, KY – Students enrolled in high schools that partner with AdvanceKentucky earned significantly higher scores on Advanced Placement (AP) exams compared to the national average for the fifth consecutive year, new College Board data reveals. AdvanceKentucky is an initiative of Kentucky Science and Technology Corporation the state's affiliate of the National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) whose mission is to replicate a proven model of open enrollment in AP math, science and English programs. The distinguishing focus is on strategies to dramatically expand preparation for, access to, and success in AP Math, Science, English (MSE), with a particular focus on serving minority and low income student populations traditionally underrepresented in AP. With the release of 2013 AP results AdvanceKentucky has undertaken a five-year program performance review.Summary. By implementing the NMSI Elements of Success for open enrollment in AP, AdvanceKentucky schools consistently made transformative first-year improvements, combined with sustained growth year-to-year by every Cohort. Five years later with a critical mass of over 40 percent of public high schools involved in AdvanceKentucky, Kentucky's statewide AP performance is among the top in the nation—and often double national averages on various metrics. Of particular note are the significant gains made among minority and low income students. Moreover, the first cohorts able to be followed after high school are outperforming their peers in college. See link above for five-year summary charts on these and other measures of progress.Statewide Expansion. Since inception, AdvanceKentucky has served 88 public high schools in 64 districts, over 600 AP MSE teachers, 2,500 Pre-AP MSE teachers and 65,000 AP MSE enrollments (including current year 13-14 students). Each year a new cohort of 12 to 20 schools has been added to the program. A typical school produced a baseline of 23 AP Qualifying Scores (QS) prior to intervention and on average increased to 118 for a 413 percent increase over five years.
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