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Hawaii students failed to meet ACT benchmarks

Hawaii students failed to meet ACT benchmarks

HONOLULU (AP) — The state Department of Education says a record number of Hawaii students took the ACT test in spring 2012 but the majority didn’t meet college-readiness benchmarks.

The state says more than 5,300 public and private school students took the test, a 75 percent increase from the class of 2010.

According to the state, 30 percent of students met the benchmark for science, 37 percent for reading, 43 percent for math and 56 percent for English. Nationwide, just a quarter of this year’s high school graduates cleared the bar in all four subjects.

The test is graded on a scale of 1-36. Hawaii graduates who tested as juniors in spring 2012 posted a statewide average composite mark of 20.1. The national average composite score was 20.9.


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