College entrance test scores up

LIHUE — The Condition of College and Career Readiness 2017 report recently released by the ACT, a research-based nonprofit organization, shows that Hawaii’s public school students have continued to see steady growth in meeting college readiness benchmarks in reading and science.

This was the fourth year that public-school 11th graders in Hawaii were required to take the ACT (American College Testing), which landed Hawaii in the top 20 states for the percentage of graduates taking the college prep test.

“The growth that Hawaii graduates have shown in college readiness since the state began administering the ACT to all students in 2013 has been remarkable. Steady gains in states are not unusual, but we rarely see this type of improvement over such a short period of time,” said Paul Weeks, ACT senior vice president for client relations.

Hawaii’s public school students continue to show improvements in performance since the test became part of the curriculum four years ago. The 0.7 point composite score increase (36-point scale) outpaced the national average, which remained flat during the same time period.

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