HILO, Hawaii — Students in Hawaii are showing improvement in their ACT college exam scores, but their overall performance still trails nationwide.

The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reports (http://bit.ly/2vOG0oU ) the data released last week show Hawaii public school graduates had an overall average composite score of 18 on the ACT exam during the 2016-17 school year. That’s up from 17.8 in 2015-16, 17.5 in 2014-15 and 17.3 in 2013-14.

The state Department of Education has required Hawaii public school 11th-graders to take the ACT since 2013. About 90 percent of Hawaii’s 2017 graduates — public and private school students — took the exam compared to 60 percent nationally.

Of states in which at least 90 percent of students took the ACT, the average score was 19.81 for the class of 2017. Hawaii’s average was 19.

Information from: Hawaii Tribune-Herald, http://www.hawaiitribune-herald.com/