Bullitt Central to be part of Advance Kentucky

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 Bullitt Central High School is one of 11 Kentucky schools in the newest cohort of AdvanceKentucky which supports schools in implementation of the AP Teacher Training and Incentive Program under the National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI).

“We are excited to be a part of the National Math and Science Initiative AP Incentive Program,” said principal Christy Coulter. “This grant will help us build a culture of inclusion and provide students tremendous support while they take college level courses.”

Bullitt Central joined East Carter, Fern Creek, Holmes, Madison Central, Madison South, McCracken County, North Bullitt, Seneca, Southern and Taylor County. All schools were recognized at the April 10th Kentucky Board of Education meeting.

District Grant Writer Juliann Vachon wrote a successful three year proposal that is subject to annual renewals.

“Bullitt Central will receive about $54,032 from AdvanceKY,” she said. “They will provide $29,500 in matching funds each year of the grant assuming it is renewed by both parties.”

High school eligibility included North Bullitt which also applied and was also selected to participate in the AdvanceKentucky cohort this year. School Site Based Decision Making councils are required to approve acceptance of funding.

Vachon said Bullitt East is eligible to apply for future funding if there is a desire to participate.

AdvanceKentucky involves content-rich teacher training and extensive support and incentives for students and teachers for achieving qualifying scores on Advanced Placement (AP) exams in math, science and English.

AP courses for students are offered in calculus, statistics, computer science, biology, chemistry, physics, environmental science, English language and English literature.

Vachon said Bullitt Central’s application focused on an in-depth look at their AP programs such as looking closely at everything from enrollment statistics and the number of students who pass AP exams annually to teachers’ and administrators’ attitude toward the AP program in general.

“Collecting all of this data was probably the most difficult part of the application process but it was a very useful exercise that helped us define the program as it is now and make projections on how it could grow and improve with the help of this grant,” she noted.

Content professional development for teachers includes a fall forum, laying the foundation and AP summer institutes. Instructional PD ranges from mentors and vertical teaming to mock exams services and content coordinators.

Performance incentives include annual threshold goal-setting, teacher incentives for individual student need and threshold bonuses for teachers and schools.

AdvanceKentucky also offers student incentives such as exam fee support, recruitment and counseling, supplies and equipment.

The NSMI model has demonstrated its proven ability in Kentucky schools to dramatically increase access to and accelerate successful learning in rigorous math, science and English (MSE) courses, as shown by qualifying scores on AP exams

Bullitt County Public Schools has over 13,000 students in grades kindergarten through 12. There are 25 school facilities, a certified staff of over 850 and a classified staff of over 850 working every school day to make the district the leader in educational excellence.