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Hawaii students failed to meet ACT benchmarks

HONOLULU (AP) - The state Department of Education says a record number of Hawaii students took the ACT test in spring 2012 but the majority didn't meet college-readiness benchmarks.

The state says more than 5,300 public and private school students took the test, a 75% increase from the class of 2010.

According to the state, 30% of students met the benchmark for science, 37% for reading, 43% for math and 56% for English. Nationwide, just a quarter of this year's high school graduates cleared the bar in all four subjects.

The test is graded on a scale of 1-36. Hawaii graduates who tested as juniors in spring 2012 posted a statewide average composite mark of 20.1. The national average composite score was 20.9.

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