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...


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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 to learn.




Stephen Schatz named Deputy Superintendent Schatz named Deputy SuperintendentStephen Schatz, a 20-year educator, most recently served as assistant superintendent for the Office of Strategy, Innovation and Performance. He fills the vacancy left by Ronn Nozoe, who moved to Washington, D.C., for a leadership post with the U.S. Department of Education.
'Celebrating Hawaii' comes easy for Student Art Exhibition participants'Celebrating Hawaii' comes easy for Student Art Exhibition participantsWith dreams of ocean and beach firmly in mind, 96 students grades K-6 from across the Islands were selected for the annual juried exhibition at the Hawaii Convention Center.
Keaau High's Cevallos wins $25,000 leadership award High's Cevallos wins $25,000 leadership awardThe Masayuki Tokioka Excellence in School Leadership Award from the Island Insurance Foundation is given annually to a public school principal who is visionary, community-minded, and has an entrepreneurial spirit.
Malaea Wetzel named Hawaii's 2015 National Distinguished Principal Wetzel named Hawaii's 2015 National Distinguished PrincipalThe Haleiwa Elementary leader is named the 2015 Hawaii National Distinguished Principal. The annual award honors outstanding elementary and middle-level school leaders who ensure that children acquire a sound foundation for lifelong learning and achievement. She will be honored in the nation's capital with fellow state winners Oct. 15 and 16.
Improved Educator Effectiveness System praised Educator Effectiveness System praisedChanges made to improve the Educator Effectiveness System based on teacher feedback helps increase understanding of the supports in place to help them advance their practice, according to a survey.
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.

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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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.

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