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More Hawaii public school students college-bound

By Anita Hofscheider

Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 1:08 p.m. HST, May 8, 2013

Hawaii state officials say slightly more public school students who graduated in 2012 are going to college compared with the previous year.

The state Department of Education and the Hawaii P-20 Partnerships for Education released the College and Career Readiness Indicators reports today.

The reports say that college enrollment rose from 53 percent for the Class of 2011 to 54 percent for the Class of 2012.

The data also shows that 2012 graduates were better prepared in English and math compared with 2011 graduates.

More students enrolled in college-level English and math classes at the University of Hawaii. The percentage increased by 4 percent compared with the previous year.

At the same time, the percentage of students taking remedial classes in English dropped.

The data also shows a rise in the percentage of students taking Advanced Placement exams.

Kapaa High School on Kauai and Farrington High School on Oahu both made significant gains in college enrollment compared with 2010.

Over two years, the percentage of college-bound seniors at Kapaa High School increased from 46 percent to 59 percent, a 13 point jump.

Farrington High School also saw a 12 percent increase, from 36 percent to 48 percent from 2010 to 2012.

Pahoa High School on the Big Island and Baldwin High School on Maui also showed significant improvements. Their college enrollment rates both rose by 11 percent from 2010 to 2012.

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