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NUTS AND BOLTS

Students pass 'go' and collect ... a free car

Each year, the number of high school
students in the Clarksville-Montgomery
County School System who take and
pass AP class exams continues to rise. It
helps that students know they can win
a brand-new Toyota Yaris, Hyundai Accent or Kia Rio-or other prizes, such
as gift cards-if they score a 3 or higher
on exams. The Tennessee district holds
pre-test pep rallies where students at its
seven high schools can see the cars they
will try to win.
Getting in gear
In 2007, only a handful of students enrolled in AP courses-and even fewer
passed. Clarksville-Montgomery sought
to increase participation and achievement
with an annual car giveaway. A local
dealership, Wyatt Johnson Automotive
Group, signed on as sponsor.
In addition, other businesses, such as
the Beach Oil Company and Domino's,
provide gift cards. Domino's also supplies pizza for the pep rallies.
The district's education foundation

Driving to success
2008
883-student participation in AP
297-students who passed AP
exams
34 percent pass rate*
2017
1,182-student participation in AP
647-students who passed AP
exams
50 percent pass rate*
*The national pass rate average is
approximately 20 percent

30 June 2018

BRITTANY PERSUN, CMCSS

Editor's Note: Nuts and Bolts delves into
how a school or district developed an innovative program.

AND YOU GET A CAR!-Madison Wilson, a 2017 graduate of West Creek High
School, was excited to realize she was the winner of the AP Pass and Go! car
last summer. Given the choice of three different models, she drove away in a
Toyota Yaris.

raises between $5,000 and $9,000 from
dinner auctions and other events. It also
collects donated tablets and laptops to
give as prizes.
Lubricating the machine:
The AP program
For the AP classes and exams, all seven
high schools receive grants from the
National Math and Science Institute.
Schools collaborate on goals, and educators host study sessions for students.
Additionally, Wyatt Johnson funds
summer PD sessions for AP teachers.
Revving the engine: The main event
Students get their prizes at "Pass and
Go!" The event is held in late July, a few
weeks after the AP Board releases exam
results. "This gives us enough time to
get letters to students that say, 'Congrats!
You passed your exam and are invited to
Pass and Go!,'" says Abby Binkley, the
education foundation's executive director.
Students receive one key for each
AP exam they passed and then progress

Clarksville-Montgomery
County School System
Total students: 34,702
24 elementary schools-17,417
students
7 middle schools-7,762 students
7 high schools (plus one at Austin
Peay State University) with 9,523
students

through various elimination rounds.
The student whose key says "winner"
in the final round wins one of the three
vehicles.
"The program has become a welloiled machine over the years," says
Binkley. "We did have to change the
rules because students tried to 'beat' the
system, and they sometimes did. But it
makes sense-they're smart kids."
-Steven Blackburn
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