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Preparing for Collegehttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/CollegeAndCareerReadiness/PreparingForCollegePreparing for CollegeGoing to college is more than a decision — it's a process. Here are helpful resources to guide students and parents as they prepare for college applications, acceptance and success.
Smarter Balancedhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/Testing/StateAssessmentSmarter BalancedThe Smarter Balanced Assessments (SBA) in mathematics and English Language Arts/Literacy (ELA) are aligned to the Hawaii Common Core Standards, and designed to measure whether students are "on track" for readiness in college and/or career. These are mandatory assessments given to students in grades 3-8 and 11.
Advanced Placementhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/Testing/AdvancedPlacementAdvanced PlacementStudents may receive college credit if they receive a score of 3 or more on the AP exam taken in May. Students may take an AP exam without enrolling in an AP course; most high schools offer an array of these courses. AP exams are optional.
ACThttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/Testing/ActACTHIDOE makes the ACT with writing available for grade 11 to measure student progress toward and readiness for post-secondary plans. The exam is optional. The ACT Aspire exams for grades 8-10 have been eliminated from the Hawai‘i DOE testing portfolio.
Other Assessmentshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/Testing/OAOther AssessmentsStatewide assessments include End-of-Course exams in Algebra I, Algebra II, Biology I, and U.S. History; the Hawaii State Assessment (HSA) in Science, and the HSA-Alt. The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) is taken every two years by a sample of students in grades 4 and 8, in reading and math, along with other subjects.
What are test accommodations?http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/Testing/Pages/test-accommodations.aspxWhat are test accommodations?A short overview of how modifications are made to assessments to meet various student needs, while balancing fairness to all. Accurate measurement based on the appropriate use of accommodations is important to educators who want a precise picture of what students know and can do.
Hawaii ranks among top 20 states for percentage of graduates taking ACT college prep testhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2017-ACT-Results.aspxHawaii ranks among top 20 states for percentage of graduates taking ACT college prep testThis was the fourth year that HIDOE 11th graders were required to take the ACT, which landed Hawaii in the top 20 states for the percentage of graduates taking the college prep test according to the ACT's Condition of College & Career Readiness 2017 report.
Advanced Placement courseshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/Testing/AdvancedPlacement/Pages/APcourses.aspxAdvanced Placement coursesThe Department offers dozens of Advanced Placement courses that provide an extra five-point weight when calculating Grade Point Average and can best prepare students for the AP exams in May.
Family resources for Hawaii Common Core standards, assessmentshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/StudentLearning/CommonCoreStateStandards/Pages/parent-resources.aspxFamily resources for Hawaii Common Core standards, assessmentsFamilies 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.
Adaptive Testinghttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/Testing/StateAssessment/Pages/AdaptiveTesting.aspxAdaptive TestingAn adaptive test gives a more precise estimate of ability for most students than a comparable fixed form test, providing better instructional information, more accurate measures of growth, and a challenging but accessible testing experience for each student. Adaptive testing is used for the State Assessment and End-of-Course exams.
More public high school students rise in Advanced Placement examshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/APProgress.aspxMore public high school students rise in Advanced Placement examsStudents at 37 Hawaii public high schools have earned College Board’s Advanced Placement Program® (AP®) Scholar Awards in recognition of exceptional achievement in AP Exams.
Smarter Balanced Family Reporthttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/Testing/StateAssessment/Pages/Family-Report.aspxSmarter Balanced Family ReportThe family report contains a student's official score on the Smarter Balanced summative assessment (SBA), as well as the achievement level obtained with that score — 1, 2, 3 or 4. Scoring 3 or 4 means a student is on track for success in college and/or careers, a 1 or 2 means additional supports and instruction are needed. Common questions for parents also answered here.
Hawaii is ahead of President’s call to reduce testing in schoolshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/reduce-testing.aspxHawaii is ahead of President’s call to reduce testing in schoolsLast school year, the HIDOE performed a review of all of the assessments required by the state. Supt. Kathryn Matayoshi and Deputy Stephen Schatz listened to concerns from the field. As a result, HIDOE streamlined the state requirements for testing students for this school year.
Hawaii’s scores on 2015 'Nation’s Report Card' follow national drophttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Hawaii-scores.aspxHawaii’s scores on 2015 'Nation’s Report Card' follow national dropThe National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) released its 2015 results Wednesday showing a national decline in scores. Hawaii’s results followed the same pattern. Hawaii maintains above-average scoring over the past ten years, however, in both math and reading.
Hawaii's public high school graduates improve in ACT college preparedness test scoreshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/ACT-test-improvements.aspxHawaii's public high school graduates improve in ACT college preparedness test scoresHawaii public school 2016 graduates who took the ACT college preparation test and who met college readiness benchmarks showed a two-percent improvement in Mathematics and one-percent improvements in English and Science, while Reading scores remained unchanged.
Hawaii public school students outpace nation in gains on AP Examshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Hawaii-public-school-students-outpace-nation-in-gains-on-AP-Exams.aspxHawaii public school students outpace nation in gains on AP ExamsHawaii’s public school students are exceeding the nation in gains on the Advanced Placement Program® (AP®) Exams over the year prior. The AP results for HIDOE students who were tested last May show increases in the number of exam takers, exams taken and scores of 3 or higher.
Public schools making across-the-board gains on AP examshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/DOE-schools-making-across-the-board-gains-in-AP-exams.aspxPublic schools making across-the-board gains on AP examsHONOLULU - More Hawaii public school students are succeeding in Advanced Placement (AP) exams than ever before, while participation in the rigorous courses is growing at a faster rate than in most states, according to a national report released today by the College Board.
Hawaii public high school graduates show improvements in ACT examhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/ACT2015Scores.aspxHawaii public high school graduates show improvements in ACT examMore students in the Class of 2015 hit college-ready benchmarks in all four areas of the prominent college entrance exam — English, Math, Reading and Science — than in the year before. Hawaii tests all of its juniors in the ACT. Class of 2015 represents juniors who took the exam in spring 2014.
Hawaii fourth-graders outperform nation in mathematics, 2013 'Nation’s Report Card' showshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2013-NAEP.aspxHawaii fourth-graders outperform nation in mathematics, 2013 'Nation’s Report Card' showsHawaii’s fourth- and eighth-graders continue to progress in mathematics and reading; and for the first time, the state’s fourth graders have scored above the national average in math. This is according to the “The Nation’s Report Card” released today by the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) spring 2013 state-by-state results.
Hundreds of public school students earn AP Scholar Awardshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Students/Pages/Hundreds-of-public-school-students-earn-AP-Scholar-Awards.aspxHundreds of public school students earn AP Scholar AwardsA total of 385 students at 28 Department high schools have earned AP Scholar Awards in recognition of their exceptional achievement on AP Exams.
Smarter Balanced practice questionshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/Testing/StateAssessment/Pages/Smarter-Balanced-Practice-Questions.aspxSmarter Balanced practice questionsTest yourself! Choose from among sample questions broken out by grade level among math and English Language Arts subjects.
Hawaii requesting waiver from assessing speaking & listening in ELA assessmentshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Hawaii-requesting-waiver-from-assessing-speaking-in-ELA-assessments.aspxHawaii requesting waiver from assessing speaking & listening in ELA assessmentsHawaii is requesting a waiver from the US Dept. of Education to delay implementation of assessments of speaking and listening in English Language Arts assessments until the 2017-18 school year at the earliest.
New Reading and Math Tests to Get 'Test Run'http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Smarter-Balanced-test-run.aspxNew Reading and Math Tests to Get 'Test Run'Approximately 25,000 Hawaii public school students will practice taking improved and more engaging annual state tests meant to better gauge their progress toward college and career readiness.
New student assessments to set new baseline for Hawaiihttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/New-student-assessments-to-set-new-baseline-for-Hawaii.aspxNew student assessments to set new baseline for HawaiiSmarter Balanced asessments in English language arts and math are aligned to higher expectations of the Hawaii Common Core standards. Results will help educators address student needs and ensure they are on track to graduate prepared for college and careers.
Department propels students toward college, careershttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/DOE-driving-students-toward-college,-career-readiness.aspxDepartment propels students toward college, careersHONOLULU - The Department today announced it will administer college and career readiness assessments to all middle and high school students statewide in grades 8, 9, 10 and 11 beginning next spring.
Pilot of next-generation student assessments beginshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Pilot-of-next-Ggeneration-student-assessments-begins.aspxPilot of next-generation student assessments beginsHONOLULU - Dozens of Hawaii public schools will be piloting a new online assessment aimed at providing a window into whether students are on track to graduate high school, be ready for college and the workplace.
New assessment scores show promise for public school achievementhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/sba-scores.aspxNew assessment scores show promise for public school achievementIn its first year of administering a new, more rigorous test, Hawaii’s students continue to move in the right direction in meeting higher expectations for college and career readiness. HIDOE today released statewide Smarter Balanced Assessments test scores in mathematics and English Language Arts/Literacy.
ACT results reinforce need for college- and career-readiness focushttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/ACT-Results-Reinforce-Need-for-College-and-Career-Readiness-Focus.aspxACT results reinforce need for college- and career-readiness focusThe 5,345 Hawaii students, most of whom took the ACT as juniors in 2012 and graduated this past spring, represent about 40 percent of the Class of 2013 – the biggest group of students ever to take the ACT in Hawaii.
AP report shows progress for Hawaii public schoolshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/Hawaii-public-schools.aspxAP report shows progress for Hawaii public schoolsMore Hawaii public school students are taking the Advanced Placement exam, and more are passing. Passing scores allow students to accrue college credit before setting foot on a college campus.
At Lanakila El, parents get first hand look at new testhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/SBpreview.aspxAt Lanakila El, parents get first hand look at new testThe Smarter Balanced assessment, aligned with our higher learning standards, debuts this spring. At Lanakila Elementary, teachers and staff organized a parent night to help families see what their children will be doing.
Student inspires through dance, leadership, academicshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Students/Pages/jacob-ly.aspxStudent inspires through dance, leadership, academicsHawaii students in both public and private schools take the ACT college-entrance exam early in the school year. A perfect score is 36. And that’s exactly what Kalani High senior Jacob Ly achieved — all while balancing a 4.0 GPA, student activities and being one of the state’s top young dancers trained in classical ballet.
Hawaii educators trained on new student assessmentshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/test-training.aspxHawaii educators trained on new student assessmentsThe Smarter Balanced assessments will have its first full run in schools this spring. Here's a peek inside the training sessions held for all districts across the state to help prepare school administrators and staff.
'All students are our kuleana'http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/Organization/LeadershipProfilesAndStaff/Pages/AEW2015.aspx'All students are our kuleana'For American Education Week, Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi wrote the following piece that was published in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. "It is up to all of us — the DOE, our schools, parents and our community — to put forth our best efforts to empower our students to reach their highest dreams."
Lexile overviewhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/Testing/StateAssessment/Pages/Lexile-overview.aspxLexile overviewThe Lexile Framework® for Reading, commonly referred to as the Lexile Framework, has been linked to the Smarter Balanced Assessments in English Language Arts in grades 3-8 and high school. The tests are administered to students statewide. The benefit to educators is that the Lexile measures can be used to bridge assessment and instruction.
Hawaii to administer Hawaiian assessments to immersion studentshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Hawaii-to-administer-Hawaiian-assessments-to-immersion-students.aspxHawaii to administer Hawaiian assessments to immersion studentsThe U.S. Department of Education has granted Hawaii a one-year waiver allowing immersion students to take assessments in Hawaiian, which is their primary language of instruction.
Hawaii students did well on challenging examshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Partners/Pages/2015-SBA-results.aspxHawaii students did well on challenging exams"Here is the bottom line — public school students in Hawaii did better than experts expected on a test that measures far more complex knowledge than the old test did." This piece was penned by Terrence R. George and Harry Saunders, co-chairs of the Hawaii Business Roundtable Education Task Force.
50,000 public high school students to take ACThttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/50,000-public-high-school-students-to-take-ACT.aspx50,000 public high school students to take ACTHONOLULU – The Department this month is initiating an unprecedented move designed to better prepare students for post-high school success. Approximately 50,000 students in grades 8 through 11 will take the ACT College and Career Readiness assessment.
Smarter Balanced releases online practice testshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Smarter-Balanced-releases-online-practice-tests.aspxSmarter Balanced releases online practice testsSmarter Balanced Practice Tests will help schools prepare for the implementation of the Smarter Balanced Assessment System in the 2014-15 school year.
Parents informed of higher learning expectationshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Parents-informed-of-higher-learning-expectations.aspxParents informed of higher learning expectationsHigher standards and better assessments will measure how well students can apply their knowledge to real-life situations, Superintendent Matayoshi tells parents.
September 2015 Education Updatehttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/Newsletters/EducationUpdate/Pages/Sept-2015.aspxSeptember 2015 Education UpdateStories include Board of Education passage of the Committee on Weights recommendation for school funding, Turnaround Arts Hawaii kicks off at Kalihi-Kai Elementary, Supt. Matayoshi talks about Smarter Balanced Assessment results to be released Sept. 15, plus success stories, opportunities, and events.
Schools in military families initiative report record AP resultshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/Schools-in-Initiative-for-Military-Families-report-record-AP-results.aspxSchools in military families initiative report record AP resultsFour Initiative for Military Families (IMF) public high schools in Hawaii achieved a combined 68 percent increase in qualifying scores in Advanced Placement math, science and English in the first year of the program.
Smarter Balanced high school math assessmenthttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/Testing/StateAssessment/Pages/SBHSmath.aspxSmarter Balanced high school math assessmentAn overview of the new assessment claims and targets outlined for high school math under the Smarter Balanced exam.
Strive HI — January 2015http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/Newsletters/StriveHiNewsletter/Pages/Jan-2015.aspxStrive HI — January 2015Roundup of news from the public school system. Stories include parent letter sent home to explain new standards and assessments, Hawaii has a National Teacher of the Year finalist, Momilani El students get STEAMed during winter break, the 2014 Year in Review, Chad Farias named to Kau-Keaau-Pahoa leadership post and more.
Roosevelt High senior achieves rare perfectionhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Roosevelt-High-senior-achieves-rare-perfection.aspxRoosevelt High senior achieves rare perfectionGillian M. Desmond of Roosevelt High is the only Hawaii student to post a perfect 36 score on the ACT test this past year. For the first time in 2013, the Department administered the test to all middle and high school students statewide in grades 8, 9, 10 and 11.
Chamber of Commerce: Preparing students, state for bright futurehttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Partners/Pages/CCH.aspxChamber of Commerce: Preparing students, state for bright futureSherry Menor-McNamara, President and CEO of Chamber of Commerce Hawaii, authored this piece about higher standards for students for the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
Want better schools? Better standards are the first step.http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/TeachersAndPrincipals/Pages/ccteachers.aspxWant better schools? Better standards are the first step.This piece about new standards and assessments in Hawaii's public schools was written by teachers Yuuko Arikawa (Hawaii’s 2010 Milken Award Winner), Mary Carlson (Kapaa High School) and Gwen Lee (Niu Valley Middle School). A new assessment, aligned with Hawaii Common Core, is rolling out this spring.

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