Hawaii public high schools improve college-prep test scores

Hawaii’s Class of 2016 took a step forward.

Public high schools across the state saw an increase this past year in ACT results for 2016 graduates, increasing scores in mathematics by 2 percent and 1 percent in English and science.

Reading scores remain unchanged.

“Eighty percent of 2016 graduates who took the ACT test indicated their desire to earn a two- or four-year college degree and we are encouraged by steady gains in our students’ college preparation and enrollment,” said Kathryn Matayoshi, HIDOE superintendent. “However, we recognize the need for more of our students to be ready for the rigors of work and study after high school.”

For Kauai’s Class of 2016, the results trended in the right decision. Students in the Kauai Complex Area who took the ACT had a 6 percent increase in English, a 3 percent increase in math and a 1 percent increase in reading from last year.

Not only have ACT exam scores increased, but according to Lindsay Chambers, the spokesperson for DOE’s Communications and Community Affairs Office, so have AP exam results.

“We showed extraordinary gains in AP exam results,” Chambers said. “More students are taking them, more students are passing the tests. We’re outpacing the nation in that respect.”

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