HIDOE Students Outpace Nation in AP Exam Gains

September 26, 2016, 1:25 PM HST (Updated September 26, 2016, 3:36 PM)

nonameHawai‘i’s public school students are exceeding the nation in gains on the Advanced Placement Program Exams over the year prior.

AP results for Hawai‘i State Department of Education students who were tested last May show increases in the number exam takers, exams taken and scores of three or higher, a report released today revealed.

“In just one year, between 2015 and 2016, the number of AP Exams in Hawai‘i that were scored three or higher increased by 7.5%,” said Scott Hill, a vice president at the College Board, which administers the AP Program. “That significant increase is a testament to the hard work and commitment of Hawai‘i’s students, parents, teachers and education leaders, all of whom deserve commendation for this great achievement. We will continue to partner with Hawai‘i educators to ensure that all students ready for the challenge of AP are able to access those opportunities.”

Compared with last year, Hawai‘i’s public schools exceeded the nation’s growth in all categories—number of exam takers, exams taken and scores of three or higher.

Since 2012, the number of exams taken by Hawai‘i public school students has increased by 26% (from 6,669) and the number of passing scores increased by 29% (up from 2,599).

“Growth is crucial for our public schools and these results show promising system-wide improvement as we continue to raise the rigor and prepare our students for post-high school endeavors,” said Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi. “These gains also reflect the hard work and professional development being done by our educators to prepare for and teach these college-level courses. Their dedication to their craft and students is evident in these positive results.”

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.


Students taking AP Exams also qualify for AP Scholar Awards, which recognize exceptional achievement on the exams. For SY 2015-16, 616 students from 33 HIDOE schools earned AP Scholar Awards.

  • 10 students from six HIDOE schools qualified for the National AP Scholar Award by earning an average score of four or higher on a five-point scale on all AP Exams taken, and scores of four or higher on eight or more exams.
  • 26 students at 23 HIDOE 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 three or higher on five or more of these exams.
  • 16 students at 26 HIDOE schools qualified for the AP Scholar with Honor Award by earning an average score of at least a 3.25 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of three or higher on four or more of these exams.
  • 374 students at 31 HIDOE schools qualified for the AP Scholar Award by completing three or more AP Exams with scores of three or higher.

The College Board also awards the AP International Diploma for students interested in pursuing university study outside of their native country, and who earn scores of three or higher on five or more total AP Exams in specific subject areas including world language and culture courses, global perspectives, science, math and computer science. Miki Kinnamon, a senior at Kalaheo High School, earned the APID for SY 2015-16.

Since 2012, Hawai‘i has received grants from the US Department of Education to subsidize test fees for low-income students. Funding has increased year-over-year with HIDOE receiving $114,168 in 2015.

“These grants have been a tremendous help in making sure that we are able to provide college and career readiness opportunities for all of our students. For many of them, earning college credits at no cost in high school will help with the financial burden associated with completing a post-secondary degree,” Superintendent Matayoshi added.

The push behind providing opportunities for more students to take AP courses and exams are part of a range of recent transformational efforts to increase students’ college and career readiness. Learn more about these efforts in an Expectation of College. The results include strong increases in college enrollment, enrollment in early college programs at the high school level, as well as significant declines in college-level remediation in English and Mathematics.

For more information about AP courses and participation at HIDOE schools, visit

Hawaii 2015-16 AP Scholar Qualifiers 

Scores of 4 and 5
Total Exams
Emily BishopKealakehe4.00810
Shin ChangKalani4.3389
Darrell HuangKalani4.8888
Angelina ShiKalani4.5689
Damien DumayasMaui4.18911
James LeeMcKinley4.6799
Jacob ChangMililani4.3389
Kayli ChunMililani4.6789
Katie HeatherRadford4.0089
Juliya KeyRadford4.7899

Hawaii 2015-16 AP Scholars by Schools

High SchoolLevelStudents
AieaScholar with Honor2
AieaScholar with Distinction4
LeilehuaScholar with Honor4
LeilehuaScholar with Distinction5
MililaniScholar with Honor16
MililaniScholar with Distinction20
MililaniNational Scholar2
MoanaluaScholar with Honor12
MoanaluaScholar with Distinction2
RadfordScholar with Honor2
RadfordScholar with Distinction10
RadfordNational Scholar2
WaialuaScholar with Honor1
WaialuaScholar with Distinction1
HiloScholar with Honor3
HiloScholar with Distinction3
HonokaaScholar with Honor1
HonokaaScholar with Distinction1
KealakeheScholar with Honor4
KealakeheScholar with Distinction8
KealakeheNational AP Scholar1
KohalaScholar with Honor1
KonawaenaScholar with Honor1
KonawaenaScholar with Distinction1
WaiakeaScholar with Honor6
WaiakeaScholar with Distinction4
FarringtonScholar with Honor2
KaiserScholar with Honor6
KaiserScholar with Distinction8
KaimukiScholar with Honor1
KalaniScholar with Honor6
KalaniScholar with Distinction14
KalaniNational Scholar3
RooseveltScholar with Honor9
RooseveltScholar with Distinction12
McKinleyScholar with Honor8
McKinleyScholar with Distinction8
McKinleyNational Scholar1
KapaaScholar with Distinction2
KauaiScholar with Honor2
KauaiScholar with Distinction2
CampbellScholar with Distinction2
KapoleiScholar with Honor4
KapoleiScholar with Distinction1
Pearl CityScholar10
Pearl CityScholar with Honor1
BaldwinScholar with Honor1
King KekaulikeScholar9
King KekaulikeScholar with Distinction4
LahainalunaScholar with Honor2
MauiScholar with Honor3
MauiScholar with Distinction3
MauiNational Scholar1
KahukuScholar with Honor3
KailuaScholar with Honor1
KailuaScholar with Distinction1
KalaheoScholar with Honor14
KalaheoScholar with Distinction10
KalaheoInternational Diploma1


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