These awards are earned by the one female and one male student in each state with grades of three or higher on the greatest number of exams (at least three full-year course exams or the equivalent), and then the highest average grade (at least 3.5) on all AP Exams taken. Every examination receives an overall grade on a 5-point scale.
"These awards demonstrate the state's commitment to excellence in the classroom," said Stewart. "Both Allison and Xin are role models for all West Virginia students and are examples of the stellar education that can be earned in West Virginia."
The College Board's Advance Placement Program offers students the opportunity to take challenging college-level courses while still in high school, and to receive college credit, advanced placement, or both for successful performance on the AP Exams. In 2002, more than 900,000 high school students in 14,000 secondary schools worldwide took more than 1.5 million AP Exams. On almost two-thirds of these exams, students received grades of 3 or higher on a 5-point scale, which potentially qualifies them for credit, advanced placement, or both, at colleges and universities worldwide.
The AP Program has been recognized for setting a national standard of academic excellence, and the National Education Goals Panel uses AP participants and their performance as a national indicator of educational achievement in its annual Goals Report.
Lastinger is now studying at West Virginia University, while Gao is studying at Stanford University.