Two W.Va. High School Graduates Named State AP Scholars

October 21, 2011

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A Kanawha County graduate and a Monongalia County graduate have been named 2011 State AP Scholars from West Virginia by the College Board.

Eva Guidarini, 2011 graduate of George Washington High School in Charleston, and Tommy Liu, a 2011 graduate of Morgantown High School, are among 117 students nationwide to receive the honor based on their outstanding performance on the 2011 Advanced Placement exams.

“Eva and Tommy, their parents and teachers should be extremely proud, and their accomplishments should be commended by everyone,” said state Superintendent Jorea Marple. “Receiving such a prestigious honor will open many doors for them, and I wish them luck on their continued success as they continue their educations in college.”

The College Board, which oversees the AP program as well as the SAT college entrance exam, gives the State AP Scholar Award to the top male and female students in each state and the District of Columbia with scores of 3 or higher on three or more AP exams, and then the highest average score of at least 3.5 on all AP exams taken. Some states where students had the same scores had more than two winners.

The College Board’s AP Program provides students with the opportunity to take rigorous college-level courses while still in high school and to earn college credit and advanced placement for successful performance on the AP exams. In 2011, 3.4 million exams were taken by nearly 2 million students at more than 18,000 high schools. On nearly 60 percent of these exams, students received scores of 3 or higher on a five-point scale.

In West Virginia, public school students are taking significantly more Advanced Placement exams than ever before, according to the Annual Student Achievement Report published by the College Board. In the past five years the total number of AP exams taken by public school students in West Virginia increased about 63 percent from 5,655 to 9,201.

West Virginia public school students also are passing AP exams with increasingly higher scores. From 2009-2010 to the 2010-2011, public school students receiving a score of 3 or higher on AP exams increased 22.3 percent from 3,264 to 3,992. Many students voluntarily enrolled in more than one AP course as they sought to take on higher level content and more intense classroom work. At the same time, the number of West Virginia public school students taking college-level Advanced Placement courses jumped 14.1 percent, outperforming the national average increase of about 8 percent.  

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--The West Virginia Board of Education and the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) are committed to ensuring all students in the state are college and career ready when they graduate from a public school. What West Virginia students are learning in school exceeds national and international standards. Through the WVDE’s 21st century learning plan called Global21: Students deserve it. The world demands it.,” West Virginia is seeing better student performance on the West Virginia Educational Standards Test 2 (WESTEST2); the SAT and the ACT college entrance exams; the job skills assessment called Work Keys given to career and technical education students; and in a high school graduation rate that exceeds the national average. 

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