Duncan praises Hawaii's math, reading test scores

HONOLULU (AP) - U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan is praising Hawaii's results on a national math and reading report card for fourth- and eighth-graders.

Duncan says Hawaii has proved it was worthy of winning its $75 million Race to the Top grant.

National Assessment of Educational Progress results released Thursday show that Hawaii is one of four jurisdictions to see higher scores this year than in 2011 in math for both grades. Hawaii is one of nine states with increased eighth-grade reading average score.

On a 500-point scale, Hawaii's scored an average of 243 for fourth-grade math this year, up from 239 in 2011. Eighth-grade math was 281, up from 278. Eighth-grade reading was 260, up from 257. There was no statistical change for the fourth-grade reading score of 215.

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