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.




DOE internal controls, structures provide financial accountability, audit shows 2014 fiscal year audit.aspxDOE internal controls, structures provide financial accountability, audit showsThe independent audit concludes that appropriate controls and structures are in place to manage the financial statements of the state's public school system.
Elementary school journalists learn to seize student voice school journalists learn to seize student voiceA journalism class in an elementary school? Under the direction of teacher Kawailehua Pakjake, Kapunahala students are learning reporting fundamentals. “My goal is to give them a love of writing, show them that it’s not strenuous and assure them that people want to hear their voices,” she said.
3 Maui students among inaugural PBS NewsHour student academy Maui students among inaugural PBS NewsHour student academyGiel Marie Tolentino and Zoe Whitney, both grade 11 from Maui High, and John Fabella, grade 8 from Maui Waena Intermediate, are among 18 students selected from around the country for the first Student Reporting Labs Academy in Washington D.C. this summer.
Kea'au, Ka'u, Pahoa students, staff to return to assigned schools'au, Ka'u, Pahoa students, staff to return to assigned schoolsStudents and educators who relocated to other schools as a result of a lava flow will be returning to their original campuses in the 2015-16 school year.
Students compete for honors, awards at CTE events compete for honors, awards at CTE eventsThe Career and Technical Education (CTE) program hosted its two signature events of the year with students displaying their knowledge and skills in the various pathways and programs of study. Here are the results.
Schools reaching wellness goals reaching wellness goalsWellness Guidelines look at nutritional guidelines, health and nutrition education, physical education and activity.

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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.
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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2015 Graduation Dates Graduation DatesSome 10,500 students are expected to graduate from more than 50 public schools in ceremonies happening across the state in late May and early June 2015.
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.
Public input sought on school calendar input sought on school calendarFeedback collected by the online survey through April 22 will be used to help guide calendar development for the 2016-17 school year and beyond.

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