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Hawaii program produces high bilingual graduation rate

HONOLULU — Hawaii education officials say public school students who study and master English as a second language before high school were more likely to graduate on time than native speakers.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Sunday that 90% of students who completed the state’s English Learner program before entering high school graduated on time.

Data presented to the state Board of Education Nov. 7 shows students who did not require English-language support had an on-time graduation rate of 83%.

Officials report a 69% on-time graduation rate for students enrolled in the English Learner program during high school.

Officials say the lag is expected since those students have not yet mastered the school language of instruction.

The information on English learners was prepared by the Hawaii P-20 Partnerships for Education.

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Information from: Honolulu Star-Advertiser, http://www.staradvertiser.com

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