HIDOE Students Outpace Nation in AP Exam Gains

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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 Bishop Kealakehe 4.00 8 10
Shin Chang Kalani 4.33 8 9
Darrell Huang Kalani 4.88 8 8
Angelina Shi Kalani 4.56 8 9
Damien Dumayas Maui 4.18 9 11
James Lee McKinley 4.67 9 9
Jacob Chang Mililani 4.33 8 9
Kayli Chun Mililani 4.67 8 9
Katie Heather Radford 4.00 8 9
Juliya Key Radford 4.78 9 9

Hawaii 2015-16 AP Scholars by Schools

High School Level Students
Aiea Scholar 9
Aiea Scholar with Honor 2
Aiea Scholar with Distinction 4
Leilehua Scholar 13
Leilehua Scholar with Honor 4
Leilehua Scholar with Distinction 5
Mililani Scholar 44
Mililani Scholar with Honor 16
Mililani Scholar with Distinction 20
Mililani National Scholar 2
Moanalua Scholar 18
Moanalua Scholar with Honor 12
Moanalua Scholar with Distinction 2
Radford Scholar 22
Radford Scholar with Honor 2
Radford Scholar with Distinction 10
Radford National Scholar 2
Waialua Scholar 2
Waialua Scholar with Honor 1
Waialua Scholar with Distinction 1
Hilo Scholar 8
Hilo Scholar with Honor 3
Hilo Scholar with Distinction 3
Honokaa Scholar 3
Honokaa Scholar with Honor 1
Honokaa Scholar with Distinction 1
Kealakehe Scholar 12
Kealakehe Scholar with Honor 4
Kealakehe Scholar with Distinction 8
Kealakehe National AP Scholar 1
Kohala Scholar 2
Kohala Scholar with Honor 1
Konawaena Scholar 4
Konawaena Scholar with Honor 1
Konawaena Scholar with Distinction 1
Waiakea Scholar 11
Waiakea Scholar with Honor 6
Waiakea Scholar with Distinction 4
Farrington Scholar 8
Farrington Scholar with Honor 2
Kaiser Scholar 13
Kaiser Scholar with Honor 6
Kaiser Scholar with Distinction 8
Kaimuki Scholar with Honor 1
Kalani Scholar 20
Kalani Scholar with Honor 6
Kalani Scholar with Distinction 14
Kalani National Scholar 3
Roosevelt Scholar 24
Roosevelt Scholar with Honor 9
Roosevelt Scholar with Distinction 12
McKinley Scholar 17
McKinley Scholar with Honor 8
McKinley Scholar with Distinction 8
McKinley National Scholar 1
Kapaa Scholar 5
Kapaa Scholar with Distinction 2
Kauai Scholar 18
Kauai Scholar with Honor 2
Kauai Scholar with Distinction 2
Campbell Scholar 17
Campbell Scholar with Distinction 2
Kapolei Scholar 9
Kapolei Scholar with Honor 4
Kapolei Scholar with Distinction 1
Pearl City Scholar 10
Pearl City Scholar with Honor 1
Waipahu Scholar 7
Baldwin Scholar 13
Baldwin Scholar with Honor 1
King Kekaulike Scholar 9
King Kekaulike Scholar with Distinction 4
Lahainaluna Scholar 1
Lahainaluna Scholar with Honor 2
Maui Scholar 13
Maui Scholar with Honor 3
Maui Scholar with Distinction 3
Maui National Scholar 1
Molokai Scholar 1
Castle Scholar 3
Kahuku Scholar 16
Kahuku Scholar with Honor 3
Kailua Scholar with Honor 1
Kailua Scholar with Distinction 1
Kalaheo Scholar 22
Kalaheo Scholar with Honor 14
Kalaheo Scholar with Distinction 10
Kalaheo International Diploma 1

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