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School Year 1996-1997

Published March 1999

8th Annual Report - Selected Highlights

Enrollment

Enrollment growth, which had exceeded 1.5% for five years, declined sharply to 1% in 1996-97.

Special Needs

The numbers of students in need of special services are increasing much more rapidly than is the population of students at large.

Staffing

Fiscal constraints that began in 1994-95 have halted Hawaii's progress on this indicator. Hawaii is well below the national average in the proportion of its professional staff performing administrative functions.

Finance

Although Hawaii ranks 1st among the states in tax collections per capita, it ranks last in the percentage of state and local revenue allocated to public schools.

Facilities

Hawaii's school facility problems are chronic. Over half of the State's schools need additional classrooms. Ninety-eight of the State's schools were operating with enrollment at or above their rated capacity.

SCBM

Since School/Community-Based Management was initiated in 1989, over 200 schools (86%) have committed to the process, and over 160 schools (71%) were implementing SCBM by the end of the 1996-97 school year.

Dropouts and School Completion

Dropout rates for students in grades 9-12 average over 5% per year. Almost 80% of public school seniors intend to continue their formal education.

Student Discipline

The overall rates of disciplinary suspension increased in 1996-97, but the number of citations per 1,000 students has declined.

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