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 for learning — and demonstrating learning.




Strive HI — January 2015 HI — January 2015Roundup of news from the public school system. Stories include parent letter sent home to explain new standards and assessments, Hawaii has a National Teacher of the Year finalist, Momilani El students get STEAMed during winter break, the 2014 Year in Review, Chad Farias named to Kau-Keaau-Pahoa leadership post and more.
Hawaii educator named National Teacher of the Year finalist educator named National Teacher of the Year finalistCatherine Caine, Hawaii's 2015 State Teacher of the Year, is one of four finalists for the National Teacher of the Year Award. The honor identifies exceptional teachers in the country and recognizes their effective work in the classroom.
Parents informed of higher learning expectations informed of higher learning expectationsHigher standards and better assessments will measure how well students can apply their knowledge to real-life situations, Superintendent Matayoshi tells parents.
'How did you spend your winter break?' Momilani kids STEAMed.'How did you spend your winter break?' Momilani kids STEAMed.Teachers at Momilani Elementary teamed with Navy SPAWAR (Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command) engineers to create a three-day camp for students, with Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) games and projects. Here's a breakdown of what they did.
At Lanakila El, parents get first hand look at new test Lanakila El, parents get first hand look at new testThe Smarter Balanced assessment, aligned with our higher learning standards, debuts this spring. At Lanakila Elementary, teachers and staff organized a parent night to help families see what their children will be doing.
Want better schools? Better standards are the first step. better schools? Better standards are the first step.This piece about new standards and assessments in Hawaii's public schools was written by teachers Yuuko Arikawa (Hawaii’s 2010 Milken Award Winner), Mary Carlson (Kapaa High School) and Gwen Lee (Niu Valley Middle School). A new assessment, aligned with Hawaii Common Core, is rolling out this spring.

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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.
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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.
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.
Teacher Application FAQs Application FAQsAnswers to our commonly asked questions about applying to teach in the Department.
School Year 2013-14 results: Strive HI 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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