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School Year 2005-2006

Published January 2007

17th Annual Report - Selected Highlights


Enrollment of 189,281 students for school year 2005-06 reflects the slight but steady decline over the past three years.

Special Needs Students

Students with special needs have constituted a majority of those enrolled in Hawaii public schools. They do so once again in 2006 with 51% having special needs. The challenge and cost of educating these students have become state and national issues.

Teacher Characteristics

The percentages of teachers with advanced degrees (28%) and fully licensed teachers (86%) have increased gradually over the past three years. However, for six of our complexes, the percent increase in fully licensed teachers has been substantial (equal to or greater than 6%).

Graduation and Dropouts

Hawaii is one of the few states able to calculate its graduation rate by tracking the cohort of first time 9th graders to their 4th (senior) year. This method, considered more accurate than others that are based on approximations, revealed that our four-year graduation rate is 79.2%, about the same rate as in the past two years. However, about 15% to 16% of the students have dropped out of school. The remaining percentage is either continuing with their high school education or has completed school with a special education certificate.

High School Diplomas

For the past three years, nearly a third of the senior class has earned the more challenging Board of Education Recognition Diploma, which requires additional credits and a minimum 3.0 grade point average.

Student Achievement

Student achievement on the standards-based Hawaii State Assessment in reading decreased this year to 43.9%. However, the standards-based mathematics result showed a small but steady increase to 24.6% in 2006.

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