Partnerships for Education

The Hawaii P-20 Partnerships for Education teams the DOE with the state’s Executive Office on Early Learning and the University of Hawaii system to strengthen the educational pipeline from early childhood through higher education, with the goal to help all students achieve college, career and community readiness. P-20 partners share a sense of urgency about the need to improve Hawai‘i's educational outcomes in an increasingly global economy.


The goal of Hawaii P-20 is for 55 percent of Hawaii's working-age adults to have a 2- or 4-year college degree by the year 2025. Hawaii P-20 seeks to achieve this by:

  • Having all children reading at grade level by third grade
  • Strengthening the rigor of the high school curriculum
  • Increasing student access to and success in college
  • Facilitating program and policy development based upon research and data
Read "Higher education is the key to a living wage in Hawaii,"​ by P-20 Executive Director Karen Lee.

55 by ’25 Campaign

Providing tips for students, parents and businesses to help increase the number of college degree holders in the state to 55 percent by the year 2025. Connect online:

GEAR UP Hawaii

GEAR UP is a federal program funded by the U.S. Department of Education whose mission is to significantly increase the number of low-income middle and high school students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education.

Core to​​ College

Core to College aims to foster alignment and collaboration between K-12 and higher ed to improve readiness for college and career, and increase the number of students who continue on to postsecondary education. Hawaii is one of 12 states to receive the Core to College grant, which is funded by the Lumina Foundation, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.​​

Step Up! Hawaii

Step Up, an initiative of Hawaii P-20 Partnerships for Education, is a statewide campaign that promotes college and career readiness for Hawaii’s high school students.

Contact Information

Hawaii P-20

Phone: 808-956-3879


Strategic Plan 2017-2020

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