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Hawai‘i public schools receive barely passing science grade

February 9, 2012
The Maui Weekly

The Maui News - A recent report by Washington, D.C.,-based Thomas B. Fordham Institute gave Hawai'i public high schools a "D" for its science curriculum. Kindergarten through eighth grade fared better, garnering a "reasonably rigorous and thorough" comment.

The report grades each state on science education standards. The educational specialist for science with the state Department of Education noted that it was "definitely disappointing" to receive such comments, but that the state had last revised its science standards in 2005. "We all realize that we need to revise our standards," he said.

The report was authored by science education experts who evaluate each state's standards based on points of clarity, comprehensiveness and scientific correctness. Hawai'i is one of 17 states to receive a "D" grade.



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