School Year 2003-2004
Published April 2005
15th Annual Report - Selected Highlights
Overall enrollment growth has ended for now. Enrollment peaked in 1997-98 and has declined since. However, schools, complexes, and districts are still experiencing the effects of population shifts on Oahu.
The number of students in need of special services has increased rapidly in the last decade. These students come from poor economic circumstances, have limited English proficiency, or need special education services. The numbers of students with these needs have increased by 40 to 80 percent since 1992-93. This means that the task facing public schools is steadily becoming more difficult and more costly.
Hawaii is the only state that funds its public schools from state revenues without using local government funds. While Hawaii is among the top five states in combined state and local expenditures per capita, it ranks last in the percentage of state and local expenditures allocated to public schools.
Dropouts and School Completion
The estimated four-year dropout rate for grades 9 through 12 is between 14% and 15% over the last three years. Four-year graduation rates for students entering 9th grade in Hawaii are just under 80%.