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School Year 1999-2000

Published August 2001

11th Annual Report - Selected Highlights

Scope

The report for school year 1999-2000 covers public education in kindergarten through 12th grade, including data from all 253 public schools in the seven administrative districts in Hawaii.

Enrollment

Overall enrollment growth has ended for now. After peaking in 1995-96, overall enrollment has declined in the last two years.

Special Needs

The numbers of students who need special services are increasing much more rapidly than the population of students at large. Students who suffer the disadvantage of poverty, limited English proficiency, or educational disability now constitute a majority of students in our public schools.

Staffing

Hawaii is facing potential shortages of both teachers and administrators as a disproportionate number of certificated personnel will become eligible for retirement in the next decade.

Finance

The state's financial commitment to public education lags behind that of other states. Hawaii is the only state that funds its public schools without using local (property tax) revenues.

Facilities

Classroom shortages have eased considerably in the last two years, but one-third of the state's schools still need additional classrooms. The average sizes of the state's secondary and elementary schools ranked third largest and sixth largest in the nation respectively.

Standardized Testing

On the Stanford Achievement Test (Ninth Ed.), the state?s public school students performed above or close to the national norms in both reading and mathematics.

Dropouts and School Completion

Dropout rates for students in grades 9-12 average about 5.1% per year. School completion rates for seniors have improved over the last decade.

Student Discipline

The incidence rates of disciplinary suspension have decreased markedly since 1995-96, both overall and in each category of threat to safety.

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