Year of Publication



Martin School of Public Policy and Administration

Degree Name

Master of Public Policy

Committee Chair

Dr. Rajeev Darolia

Executive Summary

In Kentucky governments, districts, and schools made decisions about school closures and mode of learning that would impact community health as well as student achievement. Within those schools, students themselves were also making decisions that could impact their futures academically. In spring 2020, students were choosing their courses for the following year. Vast uncertainty about what the 2020/2021 school year would look like had the potential to impact those decisions. Disruptions to spring 2020 classes could also impact whether a student felt they had learned the prerequisite skills needed to pursue advanced coursework. This study found that advanced course enrollment across Kentucky was correlated negatively with COVID-19, more so for students living in more rural areas.