The Associated Press - Hawai'i stood out as the only state that improved fourth- and eighth-graders' reading and math scores from two years ago in a nationwide report card of student achievement released last week.
On a 500-point scale, Hawai'i's fourth-graders scored an average of 214 for reading this year, up from 211 in 2009, according to National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) results. Fourth-grade math scored 239, up from 236. Eighth-grade reading was 257, up from 255. And eighth-grade math was 278, up from 274. However, Hawai'i remained below the national average scores of 264 for eighth-grade reading, 283 for eighth-grade math and 220 for fourth-grade reading. Hawai'i's average fourth-grade math score was not significantly different from the nationwide average score of 240.
In rankings by state, including the District of Columbia, Hawai'i ranked 43rd in reading and 33rd in math for fourth-graders; and 46th in reading and 41st in math for eighth-graders. NAEP results are also broken down by basic, proficient and advanced achievement levels.