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More Hawaii public school students college-bound

By Anita Hofscheider

Associated Press

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LAST UPDATED: 01:08 p.m. HST, May 08, 2013

Farrington High freshmen Minh Thu Nguyen, left, Kelsi Nicole Baltazar, Salvecho Templa, Jeremiah Luab and Lovelee Soliman sold snacks and drinks to raise funds for their club -- the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America -- on Saturday during the anniversary celebration.

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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OldDiver wrote:
"Farrington High School also saw a 12 percent increase, from 36 percent to 48 percent from 2010 to 2012.".........This is actually a 33% increase. The author should have said it rose 12 percentage points.
on May 8,2013 | 01:16PM
Steve96785 wrote:
Typical lack of math and statistics awareness by our media, local and national. Liberal arts educations, with grade school math skills.
on May 8,2013 | 05:00PM
tiwtsfm wrote:
This all sounds good, but how many will actually finish college in 4 years?
on May 8,2013 | 01:49PM
allie wrote:
good point..HPU and many of the local schools have terrible graduation/completion rates. Read SA on this scandal
on May 8,2013 | 02:11PM
aomohoa wrote:
We know you won't finish college in 4 years.
on May 8,2013 | 08:21PM
jabong wrote:
This is great news. Long way to go , but still encouraging.
on May 8,2013 | 02:19PM
username_required wrote:
Show us raw numbers. Percentages only tell part of the story and can be used to deceive. What if economic pressures forced a significant number of HS students to drop out and start working? This might result in fewer graduates not going to college, fewer graduates overall, and a higher percentage of college-bound graduates, all without moving the needle on the number of college-bound graduates.
on May 8,2013 | 02:42PM
jomama wrote:
That is correct. about 1/3 drop out and are not counted in this stat. So we are talking about 1/2 of 2/3rds of Hawaii public schoolers. In my book, that is 1/3 of public school kids go to college, of which fewer than half will graduate college in 6 years. Good spin on pitiful numbers. But actually, not that far off national numbers. Still pitiful.
on May 8,2013 | 06:14PM
Steve96785 wrote:
Congratulations on getting accepted into college! More important will be completing your degree programs and graduating. I wish that we could get that data back to our high schools to see the real results. Many things, such as the economy or family emergencies will impact those graduation rates, so lets hope for a robust economy for a change and no wars that suck our youngsters out of school.
on May 8,2013 | 04:59PM
sailfish1 wrote:
Did they lower college admission requirements recently?
on May 8,2013 | 07:57PM
HealthyandHappy wrote:
If you can sign your name you get a student loan. That's all it is, I am not surprised that SA didn't investigate this angle. And if you vote for the Democrat candidate we will forgive the loan. Print baby Print and hope our senior citizens don't connect the dots as to the loss of the US Dollars purchasing power. You want fries with that.
on May 9,2013 | 12:17AM
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