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Hawaii's Public Schools Rank Worst in the Nation

HONOLULU (AP) A new study ranks Hawaii's public schools the worst in the nation -- by a wide margin -- when it comes to living up to the federal No Child Left Behind law.

The study by the nonprofit Education Commission of the States says Hawaii had the highest percentage of schools marked for state-directed takeover and reform.

Twenty-four island schools, which represents eight-and-a-half percent of Hawaii's 280 schools, have been targeted for repeatedly failing to meet annual performance targets on state math and reading tests.

The next-closest offender was Georgia, with 2.6 percent of that state's total to be taken over and reformed.

Assistant Superintendent Katherine Kawaguchi says it should be noted that the state has stuck to the letter of the law in implementing No Child Left Behind.

She added that there is no standardization in what states are testing students on, but students are being lumped together and compared.

— Associated Press
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