Media Kit

Key facts about the Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE), contact list, fact sheets, reports, data, and other items to assist the media and interested parties.

​​​​​​​​​​​About the Hawaii ​DOE

Hawaii's public school system was founded on Oct. 15, 1840 by King Kamehameha III. It is the oldest public school system west of the Mississippi. Our 290 schools (256 public, 34 charter) belong to one statewide public school district with 15 regional Complex Areas

Children in Hawaii are required to attend school between the ages of 5 and 18:

Our Mission, Vision and Core Values are reflected in our Strategic Plan, our blueprint for student and staff success, guided by organizational reform. They are:

We serve our community by developing the academic achievement, character, and social-emotional well-being of our students to the fullest potential. We work with partners, families, and communities to ensure that all students reach their aspirations from early learning through college, career, and citizenship.

Hawaii’s students are educated, healthy, and joyful lifelong learners who contribute positively to our community and global society.

Hawaii seeks for its students to meet and exceed world-class academic standards, and do so in a way that reflects our island perspective. Hawaii’s students have strengths and abilities unique to an island home, with a tradition of stewardship, community, and mutual responsibility. We will cultivate, advance, and draw from Hawaii’s rich traditions and Native Hawaiian host culture.
  1. COMMITMENT TO EQUITY & EXCELLENCE: We believe every child is unique and deserves an excellent education — one that develops the whole student. Students succeed when their specific needs are met and their innate gifts and abilities are nurtured.
  2. MEANINGFUL LEARNING: We learn from many sources and in many ways. Hawaii provides abundant real-world learning environments relevant for success in a culturally diverse, technologically complex, and interdependent global society.
  3. CARING RELATIONSHIPS: Education is a responsibility shared by all and the best results come when we work together with aloha, respect, integrity, and openness.
  4. CONNECTION TO COMMUNITY, FAMILY, AND AINA: We see students as part of an extended ohana, the environment, a larger community and a global society. Hawaii students value these connections and become stewards to help make our world a better place.


Title I is the federal education program that provides financial assistance to local educational agencies (LEAs) and schools with high numbers or high percentages of children from low-income families to help ensure that all children meet challenging state academic standards. As part of its Title I requirement, states produce a plan for equitable access to excellent educators, view here​.

The Department's list of Title I schools is reported as schools that have more than half of its students qualifying for the federal Free & Reduced Lunch Program during the prior school year.

  • Title I schools in Hawaii, SY 2016-17. 
  • Percentage of DOE students in the Free & Reduced Lunch Program, 2015-16: 50.2%
    • Number of students qualifying for free lunch: 73,745
    • Number of students qualifying for reduced-price lunch: 16,934

State Reports

Excerpts from the latest of these key state reports follows. To view these and other key state-level reports, visit the State Reports page.

From the Enrollment Report (2016-17) – view the spreadsheet 

  • Department schools: 169,268 students
  • Charter schools: 10,634 students
  • Total: 179,902
    • Regular Education: 162,453
    • Special Education: 17,449


  • Teachers at Department schools: 12,349

View the Department's budget page.

  • $1.9​ billion
    • State general funds: $1.57 billion
    • Federal funds: $265 million
    • Special/revolving funds: $84 million
    • Trust funds: $17.6​ million
  • Construction budget: $336.5 million from all sources, plus $100 million specifically for Heat Abatement​ work.
  • Per-pupil funding: $14,434 (FY 2014​​) — 17th in the nation (national average is $12,774)


2016 Strive HI System results:

  • ​Steady progress on statewide assessments in English Language Arts/Literacy, Mathematics and Science. This is the first year states taking the Smarter Balanced Assessment​ could do an "apples-to-apples" comparison with last year's results.​​
    • ELA: Up 3 points to 51 percent meeting the standard
    • Math: Up 1 point to 42 percent meeting the standard
    • Science: Up 2 points to 43 percent proficiency on the Hawaii State Assessment-Science.​ Over three years, students are up 9 points in proficiency on the exam.
  • ​​"Bonus" metrics introduced for the first time this year show that 41 percent of all 11th and 12th graders are taking advanced coursework that demonstrate their college & career readiness.
  • There was a slight regression in chronic absenteeism for elementary schools (up two points), but it is still down five points since the system began tracking it.
  • Readiness metrics are holding steady for 11th grade ACT, graduation rate and college-going rate.
Learn more about the Strive HI Performance System. To view a school's individual report, go to the school's page. You can search in the header of this website for the name of the school, or search using our School Finder tool.

National Assessment o​​​f Educational Progress (NAEP)

NAEP is a congressionally authorized project sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education. It is an assessment of a representative sample of 4th and 8th graders in reading and math that's given every two years, with additional assessments in other subjects and in grade 12. The test is known as "The Nation's Report Card." You can compare Hawaii's results with other states and the national average on the Nation's Report Card website.

  • ​2013: The Nation’s 2013 Report Card by the National Assessment for Educational Progress (NAEP) showed Hawaii’s fourth- and eighth-graders proved to be among the nation’s leaders when it comes to improved progress in mathematics and reading achievement. It also marked the first time Hawaii’s fourth-graders surpassed the national average in mathematics. [View press release]
  • 2015: The 2015 NAEP Report Card showed scores slipping around the country; Hawaii was also among that trend. However, the 10-year trajectory of improvement (see below) is still among the best in the nation and is cited as a success in the state's school system improvement efforts. [View press release]

    10-Year Growth, 2005-2015: Hawaii is outpacing states in NAEP proficiency gains over 10 years. [VIEW]
    • Math 4th grade: +8 points, 4th in nation (tied)
    • Math 8th grade: +14 points, 2nd in nation
    • Reading 4th grade: +6 points, 6th in nation (tied)
    • Reading 8th grade: +9 points, 1st in nation (tied)

Contact Information

Communications Office

Phone: 808-586-3232


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