Strive HI

Path to graduation

What students need to do to earn a diploma from Hawaii's public high schools.

Academic and performance requirements to obtain a diploma from Hawaii's public high schools, from the basics to honors recognition...


The Budget

Paying for schools

Learn about the Operating and Capital Improvement Projects budgets for our schools.

The Department operates Hawaii's public schools on a $1.7 billion budget comprised primarily of state funds. Learn about the Opera...


Work for us

Job Opportunities

Looking for Highly Qualified teachers, specialists and more for our schools and offices.

Welcome to the Hawaii State Department of Education. Year-round, we hire an array of teachers, educational specialists and staff t...


Digital learning

Future Ready

Teaching and learning extends beyond the four walls of a classroom and a school schedule.

Teaching and learning extends beyond the four walls of a classroom and the confines of a bell schedule. Digital and blended learni...


Hawaii Common Core


English Language Arts and literacy in history, science, technical subjects and math.

Hawaii Common Core Standards define the knowledge and skills students need to succeed in college and careers when they graduate. T...


The Strategic Plan

Our governing document driving the transformation of schools, grounded in three goals.

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Strive HI System

Our school accountability and performance system, rewarding growth and achievement.

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Our series of student exams includes the State Assessment, ACT and End of Course exams.

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Family resources for new standards, assessments

Families are key in student preparedness. New standards (Hawaii Common Core) and assessments (Smarter Balanced) are creating shifts in the classroom that involve more dynamic, evidence- and technology-based learning than what classes used to look like a generation ago. We encourage families to dig in to these resources to help students be ready to learn.




DOE announces 2015 summer free food service locations announces 2015 summer free food service locationsThe Department of Education provides free meals for the summer at select schools around the state.
Clyde Sonobe to lead DOE’s Information Technology Services's-Information-Technology.aspxClyde Sonobe to lead DOE’s Information Technology ServicesSonobe, who brings to the DOE technical and management experience in a wide range of areas, will lead the integration and expansion of information technology services in Hawaii's public schools and offices.
Higher education is the key to a living wage in Hawaii education is the key to a living wage in HawaiiThe author is Karen Lee, executive director of Hawaii P-20 Partnerships for Education. P-20 is a multiagency approach to strengthen the educational pipeline from early education through college. P-20 partners share a sense of urgency about the need to improve Hawaii's educational outcomes in an increasingly global economy. This piece ran in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
Hahaione, Kaelepulu, Palisades earn Blue Ribbon nod, Kaelepulu, Palisades earn Blue Ribbon nodThe three elementary schools are Hawaii's nominees for the 2015 National Blue Ribbon Schools Program, which recognizes high performance and progress toward closing the achievement gap.
Highlands Intermediate student wins statewide logo competition Intermediate student wins statewide logo competitionTiffany Noda's artwork will brand the DOE's push for sustainability via the Ka Hei program.
Stephen Schatz named Deputy Superintendent Schatz named Deputy SuperintendentStephen Schatz, a 20-year educator, most recently served as assistant superintendent for the Office of Strategy, Innovation and Performance. He fills the vacancy left by Ronn Nozoe, who moved to Washington, D.C., for a leadership post with the U.S. Department of Education.

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2015 Graduation Dates Graduation DatesSome 10,500 students are expected to graduate from more than 50 public schools in ceremonies happening across the state in late May and early June 2015.
Substitute teacher reporting system teacher reporting systemThe Department uses a digital accounting system — The Teacher-Substitute Employee Automated System (TSEAS) — for schools to report, update and/or cancel teacher absences, which send automatic notifications to registered substitutes to alert them of work opportunities.
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Homeschooling Department has a legitimate interest in and responsibility for the appropriate education of all school age children in the State of Hawaii and recognizes homeschooling as an alternative to compulsory school attendance. Homeschooling is a parent-initiated educational alternative.
Teacher Application FAQs Application FAQsAnswers to our commonly asked questions about applying to teach in the Department.
Smarter Balanced practice questions Balanced practice questionsTest yourself! Choose from among sample questions broken out by grade level among math and English Language Arts subjects.

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