More public high school students rise in Advanced Placement exams

14-Oct-2015

Students at 37 Hawaii public high schools have earned College Board’s Advanced Placement Program® (AP®) Scholar Awards in recognition of exceptional achievement in AP Exams.

​​​HONOLULU –Hawaii students at 37 public high schools have earned College Board’s Advanced Placement Program® (AP®) Scholar Awards in recognition of exceptional achievement in AP Exams. 

At eight Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE) high schools, 15 students qualified for the National AP Scholar Award by earning an average score of 4 or higher on a five-point scale on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 4 or higher on eight or more of these exams. The State AP Scholar is granted to the one male and one female student in each U.S. state with scores of 3 or higher in the greatest number of AP Exams, and then the highest average score (at least 3.5) on all the AP Exams taken.  The two Hawaii 2014 AP Scholars are Vivian Fang from Mililani High School and Christopher Kim from Maui High School (see full list of qualifiers below).

“We want to congratulate all of our high schools where students and teachers are meeting the high expectations afforded in AP,” stated Stephen Schatz, HIDOE deputy superintendent. “We are very encouraged by the increase of students taking the AP exam as well as a greater proportion of our students achieving passing scores on these rigorous exams.”

  • 100 students at 22 HIDOE high schools qualified for the AP Scholar with Distinction Award by earning an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams. 

  • 118 students at 27 HIDOE high schools qualified for the AP Scholar with Honor Award by earning an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams. 

  • 343 students at 36 HIDOE high schools qualified for the AP Scholar Award by completing three or more AP Exams with scores of 3 or higher.  A complete list of the AP Scholars is listed on the attached table.

The AP provides willing and academically prepared students with the opportunity to take rigorous college-level courses while still in high school, and to earn college credit, advanced placement, or both for successful performance on the AP Exams. About 20 percent of the 2.1 million students worldwide who took AP Exams performed at a sufficiently high level to also earn an AP Scholar Award. 

HIDOE high schools continue to show consistent AP participation and progress overall, reflecting the state’s commitment to college readiness.  In 2014-15:

  • 5,631 students took at least one AP exam, an increase of 8.9 percent over the previous year; 
  • 8,270 exams were taken, an increase of 9.7 percent; and 
  • 3,383 exams scored 3 or better, up 8 percent over the previous year.  

Over the past four years, the numbers of AP tests taken and tests passed have increased by nearly 30 percent. Students are being provided more access to AP courses and are encouraged to hold high expectations for college.​

Through 34 different college-level courses and exams, AP provides willing and academically prepared students with the opportunity to earn college credit or advanced placement and stand out in the college admission process. Each exam is developed by a committee of college and university faculty and AP teachers, ensuring that AP Exams are aligned with the same high standards expected by college faculty at some of the nation’s leading liberal arts and research institutions. More than 3,800 colleges and universities annually receive AP scores. Most four-year colleges in the United States provide credit and/or advanced placement for qualifying exam scores. Research consistently shows that AP students who score a 3 or higher on AP Exams (based on a scale from 1 to 5, with 5 being the highest) typically experience greater academic success in college and have higher college graduation rates than students who do not participate in AP.


Hawaii 2014 AP Scholar Qualifiers

STUDENTSCHOOLAVERAGESCORES OF 4 & 5TOTAL EXAMS
OAHU    
Nie,  Tianzhen  Kaiser4.5689
Shao,  Isaku  S.​Kaiser4.4489
Bridges,  Matthew  D.Kalaheo4.4489
Fang, Vivian *Mililani4.541213
Wallace,  Sean  S.​Mililani4.1388
Fujioka,  Kazuumi  A.Moanalua4.6388
Turk,  Riley  P.Radford4.8888
Chun,  Andrew  M.Roosevelt4.7588
Huang,  Joanne  Y.​Roosevelt4810
Ko,  Tammy  W.​Roosevelt4810
MAUI    
Kim,  Christopher  M. *Maui4.361214
Sturm,  Matthew  T.​Maui4.1810
HAWAII    
Ebesugawa,  Jake  R.Waiakea4.2588
Lee,  Thomas  A.​Waiakea4.3888
Li,  JunhaoWaiakea4.7588
​* Hawaii 2014 AP Scholar Winner ​ ​ ​ ​

 

 

Hawaii 2014 AP Scholars By Schools

HIGH SCHOOLLEVELSTUDENTS
OAHU
AieaScholar12
Scholar with Honor4
Scholar with Distinction2
CampbellScholar20
Scholar with Honor1
Scholar with Distinction4
CastleScholar4
Scholar with Honor1
FarringtonScholar2
Scholar with Honor1
Scholar with Distinction1
Halau Lokahi PCSScholar1
Hawaii Technology AcademyScholar with Honor1
KahukuScholar9
Scholar with Honor3
Scholar with Distinction7
KailuaScholar1
Scholar with Distinction2
KaiserScholar16
Scholar with Honor8
Scholar with Distinction5
National Scholar2
KalaheoScholar28
Scholar with Honor6
Scholar with Distinction3
National Scholar1
KalaniScholar12
Scholar with Honor4
Scholar with Distinction6
KapoleiScholar2
LeilehuaScholar14
Scholar with Honor5
Scholar with Distinction1
McKinleyScholar19
Scholar with Honor4
Scholar with Distinction7
MililaniScholar42
Scholar with Honor17
Scholar with Distinction14
State Scholar1
National Scholar2
MoanaluaScholar18
Scholar with Honor10
Scholar with Distinction6
National Scholar1
Myron B. Thompson AcademyScholar1
Scholar with Honor1
Pearl CityScholar5
Scholar with Honor1
Scholar with Distinction2
RadfordScholar16
Scholar with Honor8
Scholar with Distinction9
National Scholar1
RooseveltScholar17
Scholar with Honor15
Scholar with Distinction10
National Scholar3
KAUAI
KapaaScholar8
Scholar with Honor2
Scholar with Distinction2
KauaiScholar6
Scholar with Distinction1
WaimeaScholar3
MAUI
BaldwinScholar12
Scholar with Honor3
Scholar with Distinction3
King KekaulikeScholar6
Scholar with Honor4
Scholar with Distinction2
LahainalunaScholar3
Scholar with Honor1
MauiScholar14
Scholar with Honor1
Scholar with Distinction3
State Scholar1
National Scholar2
HAWAII
HiloScholar9
Scholar with Honor2
Scholar with Distinction1
KealakeheScholar16
Scholar with Honor6
Scholar with Distinction5
KohalaScholar with Distinction1
KonawaenaScholar3
PahoaScholar1
WaiakeaScholar15
Scholar with Honor6
Scholar with Distinction6
National Scholar3

Contact Information

Donalyn Dela Cruz

Phone: 808-586-3232

Email: donalyn_dela_cruz@hawaiidoe.org

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