Strive HI

Path to graduation

What students need to do to earn a diploma from Hawaii's public high schools.

Academic and performance requirements to obtain a diploma from Hawaii's public high schools, from the basics to honors recognition...


The Budget

Paying for schools

Learn about the Operating and Capital Improvement Projects budgets for our schools.

The Department operates Hawaii's public schools on a $1.7 billion budget comprised primarily of state funds. Learn about the Opera...


Work for us

Job Opportunities

Looking for Highly Qualified teachers, specialists and more for our schools and offices.

Welcome to the Hawaii State Department of Education. Year-round, we hire an array of teachers, educational specialists and staff t...


Digital learning

Future Ready

Teaching and learning extends beyond the four walls of a classroom and a school schedule.

Teaching and learning extends beyond the four walls of a classroom and the confines of a bell schedule. Digital and blended learni...


Hawaii Common Core


English Language Arts and literacy in history, science, technical subjects and math.

Hawaii Common Core Standards define the knowledge and skills students need to succeed in college and careers when they graduate. T...


The Strategic Plan

Our governing document driving the transformation of schools, grounded in three goals.

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Strive HI System

Our school accountability and performance system, rewarding growth and achievement.

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Our series of student exams includes the State Assessment, ACT and End of Course exams.

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Family resources for new standards, assessments

Families 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 for learning — and demonstrating learning.




Campbell High's saltwater-powered fan takes students to Samsung nationals High's saltwater-powered fan takes students to Samsung nationalsJCHS is one of 15 public schools named national finalists in the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest, which aims to encourage innovation while addressing the technology gap in classrooms across the country. They've won a $35,000 technology grant, and will present their project to a live panel of judges on March 18 in New York City. If named to the Top 5, they'll win a $120,000 grant.
Mililani Uka's Jana Fukada wins $25K Milken Award's-Jana-Fukada-wins-$25K-Milken-Award.aspxMililani Uka's Jana Fukada wins $25K Milken AwardThe elementary school teacher is surprised with the 'Oscar of Teaching' prize for her commitment to the profession and efforts to ensure all students receive a top education.
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.
Hawaii to administer Hawaiian assessments to immersion students 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.
We want students to be thinkers, rather than answer-getters 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.
Momilani El's 'Fit Factory' team finishes Great Aloha Run El's 'Fit Factory' team finishes Great Aloha RunA dozen 3rd and 4th grade students from the school completed the GAR, while 24 students from the school's fitness squad completed the Keiki Run on Valentine's Day.

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Substitute teacher reporting system teacher reporting systemThe Department uses a digital accounting system — The Teacher-Substitute Employee Automated System (TSEAS) — for schools to report, update and/or cancel teacher absences, which send automatic notifications to registered substitutes to alert them of work opportunities.
Out-of-state recruitment schedule recruitment scheduleThank you for your interest in employment with the Hawaii State Department of Education. Our Spring 2015 recruitment will be conducted in New York City.
Smarter Balanced practice questions Balanced practice questionsTest yourself! Choose from among sample questions broken out by grade level among math and English Language Arts subjects.
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Homeschooling Department has a legitimate interest in and responsibility for the appropriate education of all school age children in the State of Hawaii and recognizes homeschooling as an alternative to compulsory school attendance. Homeschooling is a parent-initiated educational alternative.
Teacher Application FAQs Application FAQsAnswers to our commonly asked questions about applying to teach in the Department.

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