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School Year 2011-2012

Published May 2013

Revised Table 21 Posted August 2013

23rd Superintendent's Annual Report - Selected Highlights


The number of public school students enrolled in school year 2011-12 was 181,213.  This was an increase of 3,005 students 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 (54%) of students enrolled in Hawaii’s public schools.

Teacher Characteristics

The percentage of teachers with advanced degrees (35%) and those fully licensed teachers (97%) have increased steadily for the past six years.

Graduation and Dropouts

The graduation and dropout percentages in 2012 were based on the Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rate methodology.  This method includes incoming transfer students into the graduating cohort calculations.  The graduation rate of 82.2% in school year 2011-12 shows an increase of 2% compared to the previous school year.  The dropout rate of 15.8% in school year 2011-12 decreased slightly from 2010-11 when it was 16.4%.

High School

The percentage of students earning a Regular High School Diploma (75.8%) and those earning a Board of Education (BOE) Diploma (19%) in school year 2011-12 were nearly the same when compared to the previous school year. 

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