The Hawaii State Department
of Education (HIDOE) this morning received encouraging feedback from the U.S.
Department of Education (USED) following a review of its State plan for the
Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). USED
officials gave the indication for “ultimate approval of the plan” during a call
with HIDOE officials.
“We had a great discussion
with federal education officials who determined that Hawaii is well on its way
for approval once we make minor adjustments to our consolidated plan,” said
Superintendent Dr. Christina Kishimoto. “The State plan is a culmination of a
community effort and it’s rewarding to see that the USED recognizes Hawaii’s
effort and commitment to providing equitable and accessible education.”
ESSA is a
reauthorization of the federal education law known as the Elementary and
Secondary Education Act. It replaces the prior reauthorization, most commonly
known as No Child Left Behind.
Following the Hawaii State
Board of Education approval, the Superintendent and Governor David Ige
submitted the signed state’s ESSA plan to USED in September 2017. The Hawaii
ESSA plan is designed to support HIDOE’s Strategic Plan objectives, which
provides common direction for public schools to empower students in their
pleased to learn that we are close to getting our ESSA plan approved,"
said BOE Chairman Lance Mizumoto. "The plan reflects our collective
commitment to providing a well-rounded education for all students."
HIDOE is making the
necessary adjustments where further clarification is being sought on student
supports that are already in place. Once the non-substantial changes are made,
Superintendent Kishimoto will send the State plan to the USED for final
approval. For information on the state plan, visit http://bit.ly/HIDOE-ESSAfaqs.
Read the USED Hawaii State
plan interim feedback letter here.