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Posted: Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 12:16 PM HST

Study: Hawaii students who miss school test poorly

By Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) A national study shows that lower test scores for Hawaii fourth- and eighth-graders are linked to poor attendance.

According to the study released Tuesday by Attendance Works, Hawaii public school students who reported missing three days or more in a month scored significantly lower on reading and math tests than those who reported no absences in the month before the test.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports Hawaii's scoring differences are among the highest in the nation. The study examined absenteeism in relation to the 2013 National Assessment for Educational Progress.

Chronic absenteeism is a problem Hawaii's Department of Education is trying to fix. The state reduced its chronic absenteeism rate among elementary schools last school year to 11 percent from 18 percent the year before.

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