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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Strategic Plan update: May 16, 2016http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/AdvancingEducation/StrategicPlan/Pages/051616.aspxStrategic Plan update: May 16, 2016Third in a series of email updates on the DOE/BOE Strategic Plan review and extension process. Click the subscribe link below to get these updates sent to your inbox.
Strategic Plan Update: May 6, 2016http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/AdvancingEducation/StrategicPlan/Pages/050616.aspxStrategic 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.
Strategic Plan Update, May 24, 2016http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/AdvancingEducation/StrategicPlan/Pages/052416.aspxStrategic Plan Update, May 24, 2016One in a series of updates about the Strategic Plan review and extension process taking place in 2016. Please click the link below to have these updates sent to your inbox.
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.
Public school students see double-digit gains on AP Examshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Public-school-students-see-double-digit-gains-on-AP-Exams.aspxPublic school students see double-digit gains on AP ExamsHawaii’s public school students continue to show growth on the Advanced Placement Program® (AP®) Exams. In a report released today, Hawaii State Department of Education students who were tested last May show double-digit increases in the number of exam takers, exams taken and scores of 3 or higher.
Community Children's Councilshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ParentsAndStudents/SupportForParents/Pages/CCC.aspxCommunity Children's CouncilsThe Community Children’s Councils serve children and families including those with disabilities and mental health needs through collaborative partnerships. Fully supported collaborative partnerships require equal participation and shared responsibilities of families, local providers, community stakeholders and representatives.
Geographic exception process FAQshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ParentsAndStudents/EnrollingInSchool/Pages/GE-FAQs.aspxGeographic exception process FAQsCommon questions about the geographic exception process at our schools. Updated February 2015.
Geographic exceptionshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ParentsAndStudents/EnrollingInSchool/Pages/Geographic-exceptions.aspxGeographic exceptionsUnder Hawaii laws, all persons attending public school are required to attend the school in the geographic area in which they reside. However, permission to attend another school may be granted by the Department. The attached flowchart explains the process for parents and guardians to follow. A review of a denied application can be requested with the attached form.
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.
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.
Common Core FAQshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/StudentLearning/CommonCoreStateStandards/Pages/FAQs.aspxCommon Core FAQsAnswers to common questions about Hawaii's Common Core standards.
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.
Results of more rigorous test show progress in academic achievement and college pathwayshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Smarter-Balanced.aspxResults of more rigorous test show progress in academic achievement and college pathwaysIn its second year of administering a new, more rigorous testing standard, Hawaii’s students continue to move in the right direction in meeting higher expectations for college and career readiness. An historic assessment baseline is set for Hawaiian immersion students.
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.
Access Learninghttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/StudentLearning/CommonCoreStateStandards/Pages/Access-Learning.aspxAccess LearningHawaii’s students live in a world that is increasingly complex and driven by rapid changes in technology. Just 15 years ago, the Internet as we know it did not exist; today, it plays a critical role in how we work, learn, play and connect. The Access Learning pilot project strives to harness the power of technology to support innovations in teaching and learning.
Public school students earning AP honors at all-time highhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Public-school-students-earning-AP-honors-at-all-time-high.aspxPublic school students earning AP honors at all-time highHawaii's AP test-taking rate and passing rate has significantly increased in recent years. The number of students receiving AP honors has steadily risen since 2012, when 385 students were named scholars.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Arts, Common Core, and a first-year Department teacher meet at Honolulu Museumhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/TeachersAndPrincipals/Pages/museum-day.aspxArts, Common Core, and a first-year Department teacher meet at Honolulu MuseumWhen the Department offered “A Day at the Museum,” a professional development course on integrating art with Hawaii Common Core standards, first-year DOE teacher Sheldon Konno jumped at the chance to participate. He wasn’t the only one — about 50 teachers spent a day rotating through different sessions with staff at the Honolulu Museum of Art.
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.
Hawaii's Race to the Top progress shows extraordinary growthhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/RTTT-Year-3.aspxHawaii's Race to the Top progress shows extraordinary growthThe Hawaii State Department of Education (DOE) is receiving high praise from the U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) for its efforts in implementing key reforms such as the Educator Effectiveness System, professional development on the Hawaii Common Core and work to support its most needy schools. This comes with the Year 3 Race to the Top (RTTT) report released this evening.
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.
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.
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.
Education Update: November 2013http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/Newsletters/EducationUpdate/Pages/Education-Update-112013.aspxEducation Update: November 2013Top stories: 2014 State Teacher of the Year named, Maui High Band invited to Rose Parade, safety drills enacted with Honolulu Police.
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.
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.
September 2016 Education Updatehttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/Newsletters/EducationUpdate/Pages/Sept-2016.aspxSeptember 2016 Education UpdateMonthly newsletter distributed to schools and the Board of Education. In this edition: Hawaii public school students ascending on the ACT, Kailua El teacher named to 3D printing education team, spotlight on Phase II community engagement on the Strategic Plan, McKinley High's Ignition program creates safe space for freshmen, four teachers honored by President Obama, more.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
School staffs work hard to make campuses safe and positive placeshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/Organization/LeadershipProfilesAndStaff/Pages/positive-places.aspxSchool staffs work hard to make campuses safe and positive placesLeila Hayashida, the Complex Area Superintendent for Baldwin-Kekaulike-Maui, penned this piece for the Maui News. She is a longtime teacher and educator, including a former principal and assistant superintendent of curriculum and student support.
Welcome back! Parent letter from Supt. Kathryn Matayoshihttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Welcome-Back-2015.aspxWelcome back! Parent letter from Supt. Kathryn MatayoshiWe are proud to serve Hawai‘i’s children, and we hope you’re proud of your public schools. Follow our journey this year on our website and via social media — #ProudtoServeKeiki.
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.
Public school parents encouraged to complete federal survey cardshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Public-school-parents-encouraged-to-complete-federal-survey-cards.aspxPublic school parents encouraged to complete federal survey cardsParents of Hawaii public school students are encouraged to complete and return to their school a federal census survey card that was sent home on Sept. 4. The annual survey determines the number of federally connected students in the public school system for whom the state receives impact aid funds.
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.
Kauai, Waimea lead charge in slashing literacy remediationhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/literacy.aspxKauai, Waimea lead charge in slashing literacy remediationWith little fanfare and a strong commitment to boosting student literacy, Kauai and Waimea high schools are leading the state in reducing English remediation in college. The Garden Island schools have different approaches but a shared goal of "Literacy in all subjects." They'll share what they've learned and what's working for them at a state literacy conference in December.
We want students to be thinkers, rather than answer-gettershttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/TeachersAndPrincipals/Pages/yoshida-math.aspxWe want students to be thinkers, rather than answer-gettersHow is teaching mathematics evolving in Hawaii's public schools? More collaborative learning environments that emphasize habits of mind including perseverance, reasoning, constructing arguments, and more. The author is Eliza Akana Yoshida, who has taught in Valley Isle schools for 12 years. Next year, she will serve as the math/science curriculum coordinator at Pu‘u Kukui Elementary.
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.
Parents encouraged to provide feedback on their child’s public schoolhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/SQS.aspxParents encouraged to provide feedback on their child’s public schoolHIDOE begins its annual School Quality Survey (SQS) this week to gather important feedback from students, parents/guardians and staff about our public schools. The deadline to complete and return the SQS is March 15, 2016.
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.
Department announces 2014 graduation dateshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2014-grad.aspxDepartment announces 2014 graduation datesThe Hawaii State Department of Education is announcing its 2014 graduation dates for more than 60 schools, including public high schools and charter schools. In all, there will be approximately 11,000 students graduating from public schools this year. Graduation dates begin in late May with the ceremonies for Pahoa on Hawaii Island on Sunday, May 18.
Hawaii fourth and eighth graders show improvement in science in national assessmenthttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/NAEP-Science.aspxHawaii fourth and eighth graders show improvement in science in national assessmentThe Nation’s Report Card: 2015 Science assessment by the National Assessment Governing Board and the National Center for Education Statistics shows Hawaii’s fourth and eighth graders are making progress.
Kalaheo High joins National Math & Science Initiativehttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Kalaheo-High-joins-National-Math--Science-initiative.aspxKalaheo High joins National Math & Science InitiativeHONOLULU – A national program aimed at college-and career-readiness kicked off another phase today at Kalaheo High School. The National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) encourages high school students to enroll in Advanced Placement (AP) classes and take AP exams.
Report shows Access Learning pilot enhances teaching, learninghttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Access-Learning-Year-1-report.aspxReport shows Access Learning pilot enhances teaching, learningA first-year report on the Department's Access Learning pilot shows the initiative is helping to reduce burden on teachers, increase student engagement and responsibility, and improve parents’ support of public schools.
Aloha, Class of 2016!http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Students/Pages/Class-of-2016.aspxAloha, Class of 2016!Is there anything better than a Hawaii graduation? About 10,800 students got piled head high with lei and more at ceremonies across the Islands. Congratulations, Class of 2016, and to the families and educators who helped along the way. We are proud! Cheeeee hooooo! Enjoy this Storify collection of social media posts from HIDOE and families across Hawaii.
McKinley High School to celebrate 150 years of Black & Gold traditionhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/McKinley-150th.aspxMcKinley High School to celebrate 150 years of Black & Gold traditionMcKinley High will be celebrating 150 years of Tiger pride and tradition with anniversary events throughout this school year beginning with a Homecoming Week Luau on Friday, Sept. 25.
Strive HI Profile: Helemano Elementaryhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/Strive-HI-Helemano.aspxStrive HI Profile: Helemano ElementaryOne in an occasional series spotlighting the Department's Recognition schools for 2013-14 in the Strive HI Performance System, and getting the principal's insight into what they're doing right. What makes a great school tick? Read on!
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.
Educator, public input sought on new student assessmentshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Educator,-public-input-sought-on-new-student-assessments.aspxEducator, public input sought on new student assessmentsInterested participants must register online by Sept. 19 to provide input on the new Hawaii Common Core-aligned assessments. The Smarter Balanced assesssments will measure student understanding of essential English language arts and math skills needed for college and career success.
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.
October 2016 Education Updatehttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/Newsletters/EducationUpdate/Pages/October-2016.aspxOctober 2016 Education UpdateMonthly newsletter distributed to schools and the Board of Education. In this edition: Hawaii public schools outpacing nation in gains on Advanced Placement exams, Board recognizes positive gains in Superintendent's evaluation, Campbell High hits milestone with AVID program, celebrating our employees of the year, and a guest column from King Kekaulike Principal Mark Elliott on the importance of supporting & cultivating leadership.
STEM Night attracts hundreds to Mililani Middle Schoolhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/STEM-Night-MMS.aspxSTEM Night attracts hundreds to Mililani Middle SchoolParents and their children flock to a growing event at Mililani Middle School dedicated to hands-on learning for STEM.
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 asked to provide feedback on their child’s public schoolhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/School-Quality-Survey.aspxParents asked to provide feedback on their child’s public schoolHIDOE begins its annual School Quality Survey (SQS) this week to gather important feedback from students, parents/guardians and staff about our public schools. The deadline to complete and return the SQS is March 17, 2017. All responses will remain anonymous.
'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."
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.
Presentation to the Legislature on Access Learninghttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/StudentLearning/CommonCoreStateStandards/Pages/Access-Learning-Lege.aspxPresentation to the Legislature on Access LearningThe Department has gathered the following materials to present to the Hawaii State Legislature on progress and early results of the Access Learning pilot, as well as an overview of digital learning efforts across the country to provide a comparison.
Strive HI Profile: Pomaikai Elementaryhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/Strive-HI-Pomaikai.aspxStrive HI Profile: Pomaikai ElementaryOne in an occasional series spotlighting the Department's Recognition schools for 2013-14 in the Strive HI Performance System, and getting the principal's insight into what they're doing right. What makes a great school tick? Read on!
Common curricular resources do not prescribe how teachers must teachhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/TeachersAndPrincipals/Pages/standards-vs-curriculum.aspxCommon curricular resources do not prescribe how teachers must teachThe author is Alyson Doherty, teacher at Stevenson Middle School. It was written to help dispel confusion between Common Core standards (goals for student learning) and curricular resources, which are aligned with standards and made available to support teachers. It originally ran in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Education Update: December 2013http://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/Newsletters/EducationUpdate/Pages/Education-Update-December-2013.aspxEducation Update: December 2013Stories include Hawaii's strong growth on the National Assessment of Educational Progress, pledging to participate in curriculum with Malama Honua — the Worldwide Voyage of the Hokulea and Hikianalia, new resources for staff and upcoming events.
Resolving differences means working with people, not just platformshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/Organization/LeadershipProfilesAndStaff/Pages/social-media.aspxResolving differences means working with people, not just platformsLeila Hayashida, the Complex Area Superintendent for Baldwin-Kekaulike-Maui, penned this piece for the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. She is a longtime teacher and educator, including a former principal and assistant superintendent of curriculum and student support.

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