College-exam scores are source of pride

Educators, parents and students in Hawaii’s public schools should be proud of the results of this year’s ACT college-entrance exam.

Statewide, the average score of 2,826 high school seniors was better than the national average. The highest possible score for the overall test was 36; Hawai’i students averaged 21.6, while the rest of the country averaged 21.

In individual subjects, Hawai’i also beat out U.S. averages in math, reading and science. Only in English did the Hawaiian students lag behind the national average, and then only by two-tenths of a point.

On Kaua’i, state Department of Education officials said the scores were about the same as the state average-good enough, at least, to be encouraged about what’s going on in the classrooms.

Everyone from the educators and administrators who set the tone in those classrooms, to the students who do the schoolwork and the parents who help and encourage them, can take pride in the ACT evidence that Hawai’i is a place of learning.

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