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School Year 1997-1998

Published February 2000

9th Annual Report - Selected Highlights

Enrollment

Enrollment growth, which had exceeded 1.5% for the five years from 1991-92 through 1995-96, declined sharply over the last two years to 0.4% in 1997-98.

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. On a positive note, Hawaii is well below the national average in the proportion of its professional staff whose functions are administrative.

Finance

Although Hawai'i ranks 3rd 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.

NAEP

On the National Assessments of Educational Progress, the state's 4th grade and 8th grade scores ranked low on the reading assessment (1998), but higher on the mathematics assessment (1996), especially for the 8th graders.

Dropouts and School Completion

Dropout rates for students in grades 9-12 average about 4.7% per year. Almost 80% of public school seniors intend to continue their formal education.

Student Discipline

The incidence rates of disciplinary suspension decreased in 1997-98, both overall and in each category of threat to safety.

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