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Job Opportunitieshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/Employment/JobOpportunitiesJob OpportunitiesWelcome to the Hawai‘i State Department of Education (HIDOE). Year-round, we hire an array of teachers, educational specialists and staff to cultivate equity and excellence at our public schools.
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.
StriveHI Performance Systemhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/AdvancingEducation/StriveHIPerformanceSystemStriveHI 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 Planhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/AdvancingEducation/StrategicPlanStrategic 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 & Enrichmenthttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ParentsAndStudents/ContestsContests & 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.
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.
Support for Parentshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ParentsAndStudents/SupportForParentsSupport 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 Transformationhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/AdvancingEducation/milestonesMilestones 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.
Elementary Schoolhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ParentsAndStudents/GradeLevelOverview/ElementarySchoolElementary 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.
Race to the Tophttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/AdvancingEducation/RaceToTheTopRace 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.
High Schoolhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ParentsAndStudents/GradeLevelOverview/HighSchoolHigh 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.
Online Learning Toolshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ParentsAndStudents/SupportForStudents/OnlineLearningToolsOnline 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.
Online Learning Toolshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/EducationInnovation/OnlineLearningToolsOnline 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.
Kindergartenhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ParentsAndStudents/GradeLevelOverview/KindergartenKindergartenKindergarten 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 Schoolhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ParentsAndStudents/GradeLevelOverview/MiddleSchoolMiddle 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.
How to Enrollhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ParentsAndStudents/EnrollingInSchool/HowToEnrollHow 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
School Reportshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SchoolDataAndReports/SchoolReportsSchool 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.
Media Kithttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/MediaKitMedia 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.
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.
Offices and Brancheshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/Organization/OfficesAndBranchesOffices and BranchesThe Department’s state-level offices are responsible for curriculum management, compliance with state and federal regulations, student testing and support, data management, civil rights, education reform, military outreach and Department-wide communications. Each reports directly to either the Superintendent or Deputy Superintendent. The 15 Complex Area Superintendents report to the Deputy Superintendent.
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.
State Reportshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SchoolDataAndReports/StateReportsState 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.
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.
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.
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.
All voices welcome in shaping our education futurehttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/Organization/LeadershipProfilesAndStaff/Pages/All-voices-welcome-in-shaping-our-education-future.aspxAll voices welcome in shaping our education futureSuperintendent Kathryn Matayoshi provided an update to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser about the progress made in receiving community feedback for the HIDOE/BOE Strategic Plan and ESSA State Plan, as well as plans for Phase II outreach.

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