More public high school students in Hawaii are ready for college, a new report says.
The College and Career Readiness Indicators Report shows an increase in the number of students from the class of 2016 taking more college-level courses in high school and graduating with college courses.
"These results are a clear testament to the commitment of our school leaders and teachers who stayed the course in raising the rigor and setting high expectations for our students," said Kathryn Matayoshi, schools superintendent for the state Department of Education.
Some of the schools with the most growth in the number of students who enrolled in college-level courses include Hilo, Kaimuki, Kapaa, Kailua and Roosevelt High Schools.
The report also showed an increase in the number of students participating in the Advanced Placement exams, a rigorous assessment that measures students’ mastery of college-level coursework. The top schools with the highest increases between the class of 2014 and 2016 are Roosevelt, Nanakuli, Castle, Aiea and Radford High Schools.
College enrollment for Hawaii students has remained steady over the past few years, but has increased on a national scale, the report says. The enrollment rate for four-year colleges increased from 26 percent for the class of 2012 to 32 percent for the class of 2016.