Advance Kentucky, often listed as "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 six-year partnership between Kentucky Science and Technology Corporation (KSTC) and the National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI). Under conditions of matching over the six years, NMSI has committed $13.2 million to AdvanceKentucky through funding from Exxon Mobil Corporation and the Dell and Gates Foundations."
The Advance Kentucky program's focus is on improving the quality of Advanced Placement Courses (AP) in the state's public high schools. The effort includes better preparation for AP teachers. It also focuses on both increasing student participation in AP math, science and English courses and increasing the number of students achieving college qualifying AP scores, which on the AP 1 to 5 point scale includes scores of 3 or higher.
Advance Kentucky released its first results for its first "cohort" of 12 high schools on August 25, 2009, and the results are truly impressive. For example, the release says, "The first 12 Kentucky high schools in the program earned 768 passing scores on the 2009 AP math, science and English exams, which is an increase of 76.6 percent above the previous year and well above state rate of 17.5 percent and the national rate of 5.7 percent." The release also includes statistics on minority performance, statistics for students from low-income families, and breakdowns by sex, as well.
For more information, see the Advance Kentucky Web site.