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Graduation Requirements 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 — C2C 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.
Next Generation Science Standards Generation Science StandardsThe Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) provide a framework for three-dimensional science teaching and learning in grades K-12 and set expectations for what students should be able to know and do in science. The NGSS were adopted by the Board of Education in February 2016 and will be fully implemented in schools by the 2019-20 school year.
Learning Centers CentersThe Department's Learning Centers Program provides students and their parents with greater academic choice by creating distinctive, specialized and excellent programs within public education. Learning Centers are established within our schools with each Learning Center organized around a single theme or focus area.
Malama Honua HonuaMālama Honua is the Worldwide Voyage of the Polynesian sailing canoe Hōkūle‘a, which spread learning grounded in culture and sustainability during its three-year, 60,000-mile journey around the earth. Mālama Honua is a journey of transformation and self-discovery that aims to inspire communities everywhere to rethink and engage. While this worldwide voyage has ended, the Educational Wa‘a sail on.
Financial Literacy 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.
Future Ready Learning 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.
Hawaiian Education EducationHawai'i is the only state in the United States that has designated a native language, Hawaiian, as one of its two official state languages. In 1987, in light of the Hawai'i State Constitution mandate to promote the study of Hawaiian culture, language and history, the Department of Education established the Hawaiian Studies Program and the Hawaiian Language Immersion Program, Ka Papahana Kaiapuni Hawai'i.
English Language Learners Language LearnersStudents with limited English language proficiency require support and targeted instruction. The Department provides these students with supplementary instructional and acculturation activities.
Arts 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.
STEM 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 Core 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 Outcomes OutcomesThe Department's General Learner Outcomes (GLOs) are the overarching goals of standards-based learning for all students in all grade levels.
Behavioral Supports SupportsSchools 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.
World Languages LanguagesThe Hawaii Department of Education's World Languages Program consists of instruction in 11 languages including American Sign Language, Chinese, French, German, Hawaiian, Ilokano, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Samoan, or Spanish, at the elementary and secondary school levels.
Hawaii secures grant to develop bold plan to improve career preparation systems for young people secures grant to develop bold plan to improve career preparation systems for young people HIDOE has secured a $100,000 grant to develop a detailed career readiness action plan, an essential step to expanding economic opportunity for young people across our state.
Seal of Biliteracy of BiliteracyThe Hawaii State Board of Education established a Seal of Biliteracy to be awarded upon graduation to students who demonstrate a high proficiency in both of the state's two official languages (English and Hawaiian) OR either of the state’s two official languages and at least one additional language, including American Sign Language.
Internet safety safetyInternet safety is being aware of victimizing issues online such as being ripped off, disrespected, bullied, harrassed, scammed or stalked while online. We nurture a safe digital learning environment in our schools. This means promoting the idea of digital citizenship, defined as being a responsible, safe and ethical user of digital and internet technologies.
Graduation Requirements RequirementsRequirements to achieve a diploma from Hawai'i's public high schools are detailed here. Download the brochure for your personal reference.
Career and Technical Education and Technical EducationA curricular and assessments program to ensure students fully develop their career and academic potential. It includes six articulated career pathways with dozens of programs of study. Students can earn dual credits for college. The CTE Performance Based Assessments evaluate students' ability to apply the knowledge and skills they have learned in their programs of study.
Nā Hopena A‘o (HĀ)ā Hopena A‘o (HĀ) A Department-wide framework to develop the skills, behaviors and dispositions that are reminiscent of Hawaiʻi’s unique context, and to honor the qualities and values of the indigenous language and culture of Hawaiʻi.
Subject matter standards matter standardsBelow is a list of the standards that the Hawaii DOE use to ensure students are being exposed to rigorous and age-appropriate benchmarks of learning. Standards are not curriculum, but expectations of what students should know and be able to do at each grade level.
Future Ready Learning presentation to Legislature Ready Learning presentation to LegislatureTo scale the Department's digital learning pilot statewide, funds are being sought in the 2015-17 fiscal biennium budget and other sources. The Department briefed a joint session of the education committees of the State Legislature on February 20 to review results of the 1-to-1 digital device pilot program.
Common Core FAQs Core FAQsAnswers to common questions about Hawaii's Common Core standards.
Kaiapuni schools — Hawaiian language immersion schools — Hawaiian language immersionThe Department contributes to Hawaiian language revitalization by providing for K-12 Hawaiian language education. Kaiapuni schools deliver instruction exclusively through the medium of Hawaiian language until grade 5, whereupon English is formally introduced.
History of Hawaiian education of Hawaiian educationEducation in Hawaii started as Hawaiian-language medium education. After the language was banned in 1896, it would not be heard in schools for four generations. The Hawaiian renaissance of the 1970s provided the spark to re-establish cultural and language-based learning.
Graduation Requirements to 2015 Requirements to 2015Graduation requirements for the Class of 2014 and 2015 are detailed here; new requirements have been instituted for the Class of 2016 and beyond.
Ka Hei HeiThe Department's Ka Hei program, a five-year endeavor launched in 2014, will integrate innovative energy technology with meaningful learning experiences, all while reducing energy costs. As a comprehensive energy and sustainability program, Ka Hei will transform the learning environment, reduce operational expenses and provide engaging educational opportunities for our students and community.
NGSS: Curriculum and Instruction Curriculum and InstructionImplementation of Next Generation Science Standards is being guided by input from multiple stakeholders. Here, resources to support curriculum development and instructional shifts.
Educator resources for the 2016 World Conservation Congress resources for the 2016 World Conservation CongressAddressing the theme of this year's World Conservation Congress (WCC), "Planet at a Crossroads," these resources are a starting point for teachers, students and schools to participate and contribute to the primary areas of focus — namely biodiversity, food and water security, and climate change.

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