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School Year 2010-2011

Published December 2012

22nd Superintendent's Annual Report - Selected Highlights


Enrollment of 178,208 students for school year 2010-11 reflects a slight decrease of 441 from the previous school year.

Special Needs Students

Students with special needs such as being economically disadvantaged, having a disability (504 or special education eligible), being an English Language Learner, and those students constituting a combination of one or more of these categories, continue to represent the majority (56%) of students enrolled in Hawaii's public schools.

Teacher Characteristics

The percentage of teachers with advanced degrees (34%) and fully licensed teachers (96%) have increased steadily over the past five years.

Graduation and Dropouts

The graduation and dropout percentages in 2011 were based on the new Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rate methodology. This method now includes incoming transfer students into the graduating cohort calculations. The graduation rate of 80.1% in school year 2010-11 shows a slight increase compared to 79% reported in the prior year (using the old 4-year cohort methodology).

High School Diplomas

The percentage of students earning a Regular Diploma (75.7%) revealed a slight dip from the 76.7% in school year 2009-10. However, nearly a fifth of all graduates in 2011 earned the more rigorous Board of Education Recognition (BOE) Diploma that required 24 credits, the completion of a senior project, and a minimum 3.0 grade point average.

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