Hawaii schools make gains in reading, math tests

HONOLULU (AP) - The Hawaii Department of Education says public school students increased their scores in reading and math.

According to 2012 Hawaii State Assessment data released Tuesday, reading and math proficiency jumped 5%age points statewide. Seventy-one percent earned proficient reading scores, compared with 66% last year. Math proficiency was 59%, compared with 54% in 2011.

More than 96,000 third- through eighth-graders and 10th graders took the assessment.

The results determine whether schools are making "adequate yearly progress" toward the No Child Left Behind mandate that every student be proficient by 2014.

Fifty-three percent of Hawaii's schools failed to meet that benchmark during the 2011-12 school year. That's up from 59% last year.

Deputy Superintendent Ronn Nozoe says the results show promising growth but there's room for improvement.

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