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...



Free & Reduced Price

Nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free lunches are available to qualifying children.

The National School Lunch Program is a federally assisted meal program in public and nonprofit private schools and residential chi...


Educators matter

Teacher evaluations

Supporting educators to improve student outcomes — get updates on changes for 2014-15.

The Educator Effectiveness System (EES) is a comprehensive evaluation system that sets clear expectations for effective teaching, ...


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...


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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Future Ready Learning

Teaching and learning extends beyond the four walls of a classroom and the confines of a bell schedule. Digital and blended learning make that possible, as well as dynamic. With the right tools, supports and professional practice, teachers will engage more students and prepare them for a future of college, career and community readiness. Hawaii is at the nexus of the Future Ready Learning movement.




Chamber of Commerce: Preparing students, state for bright future 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.
Strive HI Profile: Helemano Elementary 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!
Barbara Krieg appointed to Department of Education post Krieg appointed to Department of Education postKrieg brings to the DOE a wealth of managerial and legal expertise gained in the public and private sectors, along with a track record of modernizing the delivery of personnel services.
Proposed DOE biennium budget preserves school funds, boosts technology DOE biennium budget preserves school funds, boosts technologyInvestments in strategic reforms and school-level funding remain priority areas to support educators and accelerate student achievement.
Oct. 2014 Education Update 2014 Education UpdateIn this edition: Record numbers of students earning AP honors, the DOE and Hawaii State Employee of the Year is Kahaluu El's Monica DeCosta, information about the coming Smarter Balanced Assessment and more.
BOE rates School Superintendent as 'Exceeds Expectations' in 2014 rates School Superintendent as 'Exceeds Expectations' in 2014Board of Education notes Kathryn Matayoshi "continues to perform well by increasing departmental transparency, accountability and executing our joint strategic plan initiatives."

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Hawaii Island public schools to close Friday due to storm Island public schools to close Friday due to stormTropical Storm Ana is expected to strengthen over the next 12 hours, forcing the closure of all Hawaii Island public schools on Friday.
Substitute teacher reporting system teacher reporting systemThe Department uses a digital accounting system for schools to report, update and/or cancel teacher absences, which send automatic notifications to registered substitutes to alert them of work opportunities.
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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.
Acronyms acronyms used in public education. Have a suggestion for this list? Get in touch with the Communications and Community Affairs office.

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