School Year 1996-1997
Published March 1999
8th Annual Report - Selected Highlights
Enrollment growth, which had exceeded 1.5% for five years, declined sharply to 1% in 1996-97.
The numbers of students in need of special services are increasing much more rapidly than is the population of students at large.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The overall rates of disciplinary suspension increased in 1996-97, but the number of citations per 1,000 students has declined.