Sizable group of students 'well below' standards

HONOLULU (AP) - Most Hawaii public schools have significant numbers of students rated "well below" proficiency levels in reading and math.

School-by-school test results released Thursday show that at least 25 percent of students in one or more grade levels in 221 of the state's 286 public and charter schools tested "well below" proficiency in math in the Hawaii State Assessment.

In reading, there were 117 schools where at least a quarter of students in one or more grade levels were given the poor rating.

Hawaii public schools improved their results in testing, but proficiency goals are rising.

This year, 141 public schools made adequate yearly progress, compared with 101 schools last year and 119 in 2008.

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