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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.
StriveHI Performance System Performance SystemHawai'i's school accountability and improvement system is designed to meet the needs of students, educators and schools. It aligns and connects our key state education policies and initiatives to position students and educators for success and uses data to measure progress and target resources.
Strategic Plan PlanThe governing document for the public education system in Hawai‘i provides a common foundation of expectations and supports for public education, centering on closing the achievement gap to ensure equity and excellence for each student. An Implementation Plan is now available for review. This joint project of the Department of Education (DOE) and Board of Education (BOE) covers the years 2017-2020.
Contests & Enrichment & EnrichmentFind programs, contests and other free opportunities available to Hawaii's public schools and students — write an essay, compose a song, paint a masterpiece or take a picture. Contact us for information on the current list or how your organization can participate.
Support for Parents for ParentsThe Department has developed parent support opportunities through its Community Children’s Councils (for special needs children) and its Student Support Branch (providing socio-emotional supports and training for staff in schools). Several nonprofit family service agencies in Hawaii also provide needed outreach to low-income families.
Milestones in Transformation in TransformationIn 2010, the Hawaii State Board of Education (BOE) and the Department (DOE) embarked on an ambitious path to deliver more public school children to college, career and community readiness. Here are some of the top achievements since then, powered by the hard work of teachers, principals, support personnel and leadership, who believe that all children can reach their aspirations.
Online Learning Tools Learning ToolsThe Department recognizes the need and supports distance- and online-learning opportunities for its students through online charter schools, student support programs such as E-School, and partnership programs with state community colleges and universities.
Race to the Top to the TopHawaii answered a challenge from the U.S. Department of Education with an ambitious plan to ensure students have access to a high-quality education that prepares them for college and career. In August 2010, Hawaii’s bold education plan was awarded a four-year, $75 million federal Race to the Top grant — one of only 12 awarded in the country. In 2014, Hawaii became the only state to complete the requirements of the grant on time.
An Expectation of College 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.
Preparing for College 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.
Online Learning Tools Learning ToolsThe Department recognizes the need and supports distance- and online-learning opportunities for its students through online charter schools, student support programs such as E-School, and partnership programs with state community colleges and universities.
High School SchoolApproaching graduation, emphasis is placed on ensuring students have the skills and knowledge to succeed in college and career. Counselors are there to guide students with college prep and guidance. Opportunities in extracurricular activites, Learning Centers, student organizations and others greatly expand involvement.
ACT 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.
Media Kit KitKey facts about the Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE), contact list, fact sheets, reports, data, and other items to assist the media and interested parties.
State Reports ReportsThe Department publishes a series of state-level reports on finance, student readiness, performance, special education, legislative requests and audits. The Superintendent's Annual Report provides an overview of noteworthy indicators.
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.
Kindergarten provides young students with positive experiences that are important in establishing the foundation for future school attitudes and success. Kindergarten is mandatory in the state of Hawaii.
Middle School SchoolWhat the average middle school student and their parents can expect: A continuation of the eduational pipeline, expanded testing designed to identify post-school skills and aspirations, more student life opportunities.
Elementary School SchoolAs students move through grades 1-6, teachers observe their academic, social and emotional development and apply supports as needed. Assessments begin in grade 3.
How to Enroll to EnrollStudents enrolling in our public schools must have documentation proving they are residents of the state, their health records and, if necessary, documents from their previous school and other legal documents. Resources and opt-outs exist for students in exceptional circumstances. The necessary information is detailed here.
Gifted and Talented 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.
Hawaii Growth Model 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.
School Reports ReportsEveryone has an interest in the education of Hawaii’s children — it creates citizens who can contribute to the cultural, environmental and economic well-being of the Islands, as well as dream beyond the limitations of today, advancing us all. The Department initiates a series of reviews and reports designed to measure school progress toward making students not only college and career ready, but also holistic, enthusiastic, lifelong learners.
Student Privacy PrivacyThe Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a federal law that gives parents certain protections with regard to their children’s education records, such as report cards, transcripts, disciplinary records, contact and family information, and class schedules. As a parent, you have the right to review your child’s education records and to request changes under limited circumstances.
Hawaii Education Data Education DataThis website contains information, resources, forms, and guidance materials related to both conducting research in the Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE) and requesting data from HIDOE schools and offices. Individuals can submit research applications or data requests through the processes described below.
Report Finder FinderUse this tool to search among the Department's various reports, covering performance, improvement, financial, special education, legislative, audit and enrollment reports spanning the last several years, as well as current Academic Plans and Financial Plans for schools.
Other Assessments 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.
National Student Walkout movement guidance Student Walkout movement guidanceHIDOE has advised schools to consider creating a designated area and encourage students to share ideas for improving campus safety and culture. HIDOE supports Constitutional rights to peaceful assembly and free expression. Disorderly conduct that disrupts school operations is not acceptable. Students who leave school will be marked with an unexcused tardiness or absence. Participation in an organized walkout is voluntary.
Strategic Plan Update: May 6, 2016 Plan Update: May 6, 2016One in a series of email updates on the Strategic Plan review and extension process. Click the subscribe link below to get these updates sent to your inbox.
April 2016 Education Update 2016 Education UpdateIn this edition: Latest College & Career Readiness Indicators report shows more seniors earning Early College credit, Maunakea Scholars from Kapolei High begin their telescope time, Leilehua High students excel in national Scholastic Art Awards, Supt. Kathryn Matayoshi talks about the review and extension of the Strategic Plan, opportunities and coming events.

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