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 293 schools (256 public, 37 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:

To ensure educational environments of equity and excellence, everyone in our schools should read and understand:

Strategic Plan & Nā Hopena A‘o

Our mission and vision are reflected in the 2017-2020 DOE/BOE Strategic Plan, our governing document to grow equity and excellence in the school system. Its ambitious but attainable goals and objectives are measured via statewide indicators that are reported to the Board of Education.

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.

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

Nā Hopena A‘o (HĀ) is a framework of outcomes that reflects our core values and beliefs in action, throughout the school system and the communities in which our schools reside, to develop the competencies that strengthen a sense of belonging, responsibility, excellence, aloha, total-well-being and Hawai‘i (“BREATH”) in ourselves, students and others. With a foundation in Hawaiian values, language, culture and history, HĀ reflects the uniqueness of Hawai‘i and is meaningful in all places of learning.  

State Reports

Excerpts from the latest of these key state reports follows. To view these and other key reports, visit the School Data and Reports section of this website.

Enrollment Report (2019-20) – view spreadsheet

  • Department schools: 167,454 students
  • Charter schools: 11,877 students
  • Total: 179,331
    • Regular Education: 161,371
    • Special Education: 17,960

Employment report (2017-18) — view

  • Over 22,000 salaried employees, including 12,982 teachers
  • Over 20,000 substitutes and casual employees

View the budget page and the budget fact sheet —

  • Operating Budget: $2 billion 
    • State general funds: $1.63 billion
    • Federal funds: $270 million
    • Special/revolving funds: $84.3 million
    • Trust funds: $15.9 million
  • Construction Improvement Programs (CIP) budget: $281.4 million from all sources
  • Per-pupil spending: $13,748 (FY 2016) — 15th in the nation (national average is $11,762)


Title I

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 a minimum poverty threshold of 47.2%. Poverty is determined via family enrollment in two federal programs — Community Eligibility Provision and the Free & Reduced Lunch Program — during the prior school year.

Student Impact

The percentage of DOE students considered economically challenged, 2017-18: 48.88%

  • Number of students qualifying for free and reduced-price lunch: 87,576

Number of homeless students, 2017-18: 3,056 


2016-17 Strive HI System results:

  • ​Two-year progress on statewide assessments in Language Arts, Mathematics and Science.
    • Language Arts: Up 2 points to 50 percent meeting the achievement standard on the Smarter Balanced Assessment
    • Math: Up 1 point to 42 percent meeting the achievement standard on the Smarter Balanced Assessment
    • Science: Up 5 points to 46 percent proficiency on the Hawaii State Assessment-Science.
  • ​​3-point increase over last year in the number of students who are CTE Concentrators, to 42 percent. That number is 11 points up since 2014.
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 given every two years. 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.

  • Press release: 2017 results
  • 10-Year Growth in proficiency, 2007-2017:
    • Reading 4th grade: 32 percent proficient, up six points
    • Reading 8th grade: 30 percent proficient, up 10 points
    • Math 4th grade: 38 percent proficient, up five points
    • Math 8th grade: 27 percent proficient, up six points

Graduates — Class of 2018*: 10,788
Data as of June 30, 2018 for DOE schools (no charters):

Diploma Type

  • Summa Cum Laude: 1,556 (13.8%)
  • Magna Cum Laude: 1,320 (11.7%)
  • Cum Laude: 2,387 (21.2%)
  • Diploma: 5,350 (47.7%)
  • Individually Prescribed Program (IPP) Certificate: 175 (1.5%)

Honors Recognition Certificate

  • Academic Honors: 2,569 (22.9%)
  • CTE Honors: 1,336 (11.9%)
  • STEM Honors: 393 (3.5%)
  • Total: 3,135 (27.9%)

• not the four-year adjusted cohort graduation rate

Contact Information

Communications Branch

Phone: 808-586-3232


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