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...

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Lunch

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...

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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, ...

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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...

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Common Core

Standards

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...

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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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Testing

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

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Featured Article

Malama Honua

Mālama Honua is the Worldwide Voyage of the Polynesian sailing canoes Hōkule‘ā and Hikianalia, with a mission to explore and spread learning grounded in culture, leadership, navigation, ocean, sustainability and voyaging. It is a journey of transformation and self-discovery that aims to inspire communities everywhere to rethink and engage.

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More public schools identified as emergency shelters for Saturdayhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/More-public-schools-identified-as-emergency-shelters-for-Saturday.aspxMore public schools identified as emergency shelters for SaturdayFarrington High, Nanakuli High, Leilehua High, Waimanalo Intermediate, and Brigham Young University will open as shelters at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 18.​
Hawaii Island public schools to close Friday due to stormhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Hawaii-Island-public-schools-to-close-Friday-due-to-storm.aspxHawaii 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.
DOE, military partnership efforts praised for securing federal Impact Aid Fundshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/DOE,-military-partnership-efforts-praised--for-securing-federal-Impact-Aid-Funds.aspxDOE, military partnership efforts praised for securing federal Impact Aid FundsImpact Aid funds partially reimburse the state for losses associated with tax-free military and federal installations. During the 2013-14 school year, the state accounted for more than 28,000 federally connected students and received more than $41 million.
Kaimuki Middle's Frank Fernandes chosen for national governing boardhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Kaimuki-Middle’s-Frank-Fernandes-chosen-for-national-governing-board.aspxKaimuki Middle's Frank Fernandes chosen for national governing boardFernandes was appointed by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to the National Assessment Governing Board. He will help set policy for the National Assessment of Education Progress, also known as The Nation's Report Card.
15 public schools earn $230,000 for high achievementhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/2013-14-Strive-HI-Recognition-Schools.aspx15 public schools earn $230,000 for high achievementSchools that earned the "Recognition" status in the Strive HI Performance System represent the top five percent of schools in the state.
Three elementary schools named National Blue Ribbon winnershttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Three-elementary-schools-named-National-Blue-Ribbon-winners.aspxThree elementary schools named National Blue Ribbon winnersE.B. deSilva, Haleiwa, and Red Hill elementary schools earn the prestigious national award that recognizes high learning standards and progress toward closing achievement gaps.

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Hawaii Island public schools to close Friday due to stormhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/Hawaii-Island-public-schools-to-close-Friday-due-to-storm.aspxHawaii 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 systemhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/Employment/JobOpportunities/Pages/substitute-notifications.aspxSubstitute 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.
Oahu Maphttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ParentsAndStudents/EnrollingInSchool/SchoolFinder/Pages/Oahu-Map.aspxOahu Map
Homeschoolinghttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ParentsAndStudents/EnrollingInSchool/Choosingaschool/Pages/Homeschooling-FAQs.aspxHomeschoolingThe 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 FAQshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/Employment/JobOpportunities/Pages/Teacher-Application-FAQs.aspxTeacher Application FAQsAnswers to our commonly asked questions about applying to teach in the Department.
School Year 2013-14 results: Strive HIhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/AdvancingEducation/StriveHIPerformanceSystem/Pages/2013-14-results.aspxSchool Year 2013-14 results: Strive HIResults for the Department's school accountability and improvement system for School Year 2013-14, released August 2014. Strive HI is meant to be a diagnostic tool to strategically deploy resources and supports to schools; it is not a tool to rank schools.

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Oct 21 - Teacher Institute Day: Hawaii Island - Teachers have a professional development day, sponsored by the HSTA.
Oct 22 - Teacher Institute Day: Oahu - Teachers have a professional development day, sponsored by the HSTA.
Oct 23 - Teacher Institute Day: Molokai - Teachers have a professional development day, sponsored by the HSTA.