Hawai‘i’s English Learners
Education outcomes of Hawai‘i public school students who are identified as English Learners (ELs).
Hawai‘i is one of the most ethnically and linguistically diverse states in the country. Through a partnership with the Hawai‘i State Department of Education (DOE), Hawai‘i Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Data Disaggregation Grant, P-20 created this report to tell the story of English Learner (EL) and AAPI students in Hawai‘i’s public schools. The following sections explore the linguistic diversity of Hawai‘i’s public schools and examine academic outcomes and best practices for supporting these students.
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When students enter public school, if their family indicates they use a language other than English, they are given an English proficiency test.
- Active EL – Students who do not test proficient receive EL services to support English language acquisition, and are tested each year.
- Monitored EL – Once students meet minimum English proficiency they no longer receive EL services but are monitored for two years to make sure that they receive instructional support as needed.
- Former EL – After being monitored for two years, students are considered Former EL.
“Maui Region” includes Lana‘i and Moloka‘i and “Kaua‘i Region” includes Ni‘ihau.
High School Outcomes
On-time graduation tracks whether a 9th grade cohort earns a high school diploma within four years. The pie chart below shows us that nearly one in four high school students were either Active EL in high school or had already exited EL before starting high school.