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Educator Effectiveness Systemhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/EducatorEffectiveness/EducatorEffectivenessSystemEducator Effectiveness SystemThe Educator Effectiveness System (EES) is a comprehensive evaluation system that sets clear expectations for effective teaching, provides educators with quality feedback and support to improve their effectiveness with students, and informs professional development.
Graduation Requirementshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/StudentLearning/GraduationRequirementsGraduation RequirementsAcademic and performance requirements to obtain a diploma from Hawaii's public high schools, from the basics to honors recognition, with information about the Personal Transition Plan that is required of all students.
Connect to Careers — C2Chttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/StudentLearning/C2CConnect to Careers — C2CC2C is an industry-led coalition for Hawai‘i's economic future to collaboratively prepare students for success in high-skill, in-demand careers at both state and regional levels. It is a business-led effort with aligned K-16 curriculum and opportunities that will be tracked for effectiveness via data and industry feedback. Partners include employers, state educational systems, funders, and workforce and economic development agencies.
Adult Educationhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/AdultEducationAdult EducationThe Adult Education Program offers a variety of courses for adult learners including basic education, English literacy and civics. It also offers degrees including the GED and Competency-Based Diploma. The adult schools also coordinate the Department's substitute teacher course.
An Expectation of Collegehttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/CollegeAndCareerReadiness/ExpectationAn Expectation of CollegeThe public school system in Hawaii is charged with preparing our students for life. Life, increasingly, requires knowledge and skill sets that can best be achieved through a post-secondary education — from 2-year job certification to doctoral programs. Our Strategic Plan directs that more students be ready for and enroll in college. This page offers an overview of initiatives and results aligned with that effort.
Virtual Learning Networkhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/EducationInnovation/VirtualLearningNetworkVirtual Learning NetworkUnder HVLN, students take online courses via the E-School Program, educators enroll in online professional development courses via Project Inspire, and schools receive technology integration and consultative services and video conferencing support.
Induction and Mentoringhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/EducatorEffectiveness/InductionAndMentoringInduction and MentoringTeachers are the single most important factor in determining student success. If we expect all students to succeed, it is imperative that we accelerate our efforts to ensure every student has a highly skilled teacher. Creating rigorous induction programs that help beginning teachers quickly become as effective as experienced teachers is one of our greatest opportunities for positive change in education today.
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.
Malama Honuahttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/StudentLearning/MHMalama HonuaMālama Honua is the Worldwide Voyage of the Polynesian sailing canoe Hōkūle‘a, with a mission to spread learning grounded in culture and sustainability. It is a journey of transformation and self-discovery that aims to inspire communities everywhere to rethink and engage. The Hōkūle‘a returned to Honolulu after sailing 60,000 nautical miles. While this worldwide voyage has ended, the Educational Wa‘a sail on.
Dual credit programshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/CollegeAndCareerReadiness/DualCreditDual credit programsDual Credit allows Hawaii DOE high school students to take classes that satisfy requirements for both a Hawaii high school diploma and a University of Hawaii degree. Nine UH campuses are participating. Students attending other college institutions should check whether the credits can transfer. The two most common programs are Early College and Running Start.
Future Ready Learninghttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/StudentLearning/Future-ReadyFuture Ready LearningTeaching and learning is not confined to the four walls of a classroom and the structure of a bell schedule. With the right tools, supports and professional practice, teachers will engage more students in blended learning environments and prepare them for a future of college, career and community readiness.
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.
Financial Literacyhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/StudentLearning/FinLitFinancial LiteracyFinancial literacy is the capacity, based on knowledge, skills and access, to manage financial resources effectively. To develop this capacity, individuals must have appropriate access to and understanding of financial products, services, and concepts.
Professional Developmenthttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/EducatorEffectiveness/ProfessionalDevelopmentProfessional DevelopmentBeyond curricular supports, the Department makes professional development opportunities available to teachers and support staff. In addition, the Leadership Institute was created in 2013 with the goal to align the Department's training and development opportunities into an educational/skills pipeline that would also cultivate a culture of leadership among teachers and principals.
Early Childhoodhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/SpecializedPrograms/EarlyChildhoodEarly ChildhoodEarly Childhood Education includes programs and services for children from birth through age 8. The Department offers direct services to all children in grades K-3 and for 3- and 4-year-olds in special education. Limited pre-k programming is available for the 2015-16 school year; click link below to connect with our Early Learning page.
Gifted and Talentedhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/SpecializedPrograms/GiftedandTalentedGifted and TalentedThe Gifted and Talented Program develops statewide policies and research-based standards, provides leadership, technical assistance and monitoring guidelines for quality gifted and talented education for the state. With available resources, each school designs programs to serve the needs of identified gifted/talented students; these differentiated programs include enrichment activities, acceleration and/or honors classes.
Special Educationhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/SpecializedPrograms/SpecialEducationSpecial EducationSpecial education is specially designed instruction and services to meet the unique needs of students with disabilities, and can include academic services, speech-language services, psychological services, physical and occupational therapy, and counseling services. The Department provides these services at no cost to families to anyone aged 3 to 22 who demonstrates a need for specially designed instruction, after an eligibility determination.
Summer Schoolhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/SpecializedPrograms/SummerSchoolSummer SchoolSupplementary instruction during the summer months for students who need it or those interested in accelerating their coursework. The list of summer school participants is updated regularly, please check for updates.
English Language Learnershttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/StudentLearning/EnglishLanguageLearnersEnglish Language LearnersStudents with limited English language proficiency require support and targeted instruction. The Department provides these students with supplementary instructional and acculturation activities.
Personalized Learninghttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/StudentLearning/PersonalizedLearningPersonalized LearningSchools use the Comprehensive Student Support System to provide proactive, positive, customized and timely interventions, services and support — compassionately — so all students will succeed to their greatest potential.
School Scheduleshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/StudentLearning/schedulesSchool SchedulesBy law, Hawaii's public schools must meet minimum student hours, which is defined as time spent during the full school day in alignment with the state's General Learner Outcomes.
Artshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/StudentLearning/ArtsArtsArts programs at our public schools teach students to see and understand the world around them, and interpret that understanding through their own unique lens. Students develop visually literate and aesthetically sensitive skills.
STEMhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/StudentLearning/StemSTEMSTEM education integrates the study of science, technology, engineering and mathematics by using scientific inquiry and engineering design as unifying processes. STEM emphasizes innovation and the development of problem-solving, critical thinking and collaboration skills. Emphasizing arts creates engaging new pathways for learning.
Hawaii Common Corehttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/StudentLearning/CommonCoreStateStandardsHawaii Common CoreHawaii Common Core Standards define the knowledge and skills students need to succeed in college and careers when they graduate. They align with college and workforce expectations, are clear and consistent, include rigorous content and application of knowledge through higher-order skills, are evidence-based, and are informed by standards in top-performing countries.
Learner Outcomeshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/StudentLearning/LearnerOutcomesLearner OutcomesThe Department's General Learner Outcomes (GLOs) are the overarching goals of standards-based learning for all students in all grade levels.
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.
Scholarships and Financial Aidhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/CollegeAndCareerReadiness/ScholarshipsAndFinancialAidScholarships and Financial AidAs a service to students, parents and the community, the Department is pleased to provide information on scholarships and financial aid available to high school graduates in the State of Hawaii.
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.
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.
Hawaii Growth Modelhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SchoolDataAndReports/Growth-ModelHawaii Growth ModelOne of the breakthroughs in analyzing data from our schools is the ability to see not only achievement levels, but how much and how fast our students and schools grow. While test-score proficiency is typically the go-to barometer of school performance, growth provides a more comprehensive picture of that performance — now available through a powerful new data visualization tool: SchoolView.

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