HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hawaii public schools saw a significant increase this year in the number of students who took Advanced Placement exams – and in the number of students who passed them to earn college credit.
In the 2015-16 school year, 5,958 public school students took AP exams, an increase of nearly 6 percent from the year before.
Meanwhile, 60 percent of Hawaii public school AP test takers passed with a score of 3, 4 or 5. That's up by 7.4 percent from the year before.
Scott Hill, vice president at the College Board, which administers the AP program, said the "significant increase is a testament to the hard work and commitment of Hawaii's students, parents, teacher and education leaders."
Hawaii public schools have worked to bolster the number of students who get college credit while still in high school. Since 2012, the number of exams taken by public school students has increased by 26 percent.
More students are also taking dual credit courses, which offer students University of Hawaii and high school credits simultaneously.
"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 schools Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi, in a news release.