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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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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.

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Sneak Peek: Hour of Code at Hawaii's public schoolshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/2014-HOC.aspxSneak Peek: Hour of Code at Hawaii's public schoolsMore public and charter schools are jumping in with student coding exercises for this year's Computer Science Education Week, Dec. 8-14. Here's a sneak peek at what five of our schools are up to.
U.S. Air Force Colonel joins DOE leadership teamhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/U.S.-Air-Force-Colonel-joins-DOE-leadership-team.aspxU.S. Air Force Colonel joins DOE leadership teamDann S. Carlson has a record of success in leading visionary work through organizational change. He will be leaving his position at the Pentagon as the special assistant to the under secretary of international affairs and will start with the DOE on December 1.
Video: Schools respond to Puna Lava Flowhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/punalava.aspxVideo: Schools respond to Puna Lava FlowThe June 27th lava flow — named for the day it began erupting from a vent on Kilauea’s Pu‘u ‘O‘o crater — moved steadily northeast through forests toward populated areas. By late summer, U.S. Geological Survey updates made it clear that lower Puna, including Pahoa town, could be impacted. Video provides snapshots of how schools, staff and students adapted during a state of emergency.
Hawaii DOE invited to White House tech summithttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/tech-summit.aspxHawaii DOE invited to White House tech summitProgress in advancing digital learning throughout Hawaii's public schools earns Superintendent Matayoshi a seat in the prestigious national education technology summit on Nov. 19.
Nov. 2014 Education Updatehttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/Newsletters/EducationUpdate/Pages/Nov-2014.aspxNov. 2014 Education UpdateIn this edition: The 2015-17 budget submission to the Board of Education, the Hawaii State and District Teachers of the Year, more on testing tied to DOE educator effectiveness systems in Supt's Corner, and teacher/student opportunities.
Strive HI Profile: Noelani Elementaryhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/Strive-HI-Noelani.aspxStrive HI Profile: Noelani 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!

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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.
U.S. Air Force Colonel joins DOE leadership teamhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ConnectWithUs/MediaRoom/PressReleases/Pages/U.S.-Air-Force-Colonel-joins-DOE-leadership-team.aspxU.S. Air Force Colonel joins DOE leadership teamDann S. Carlson has a record of success in leading visionary work through organizational change. He will be leaving his position at the Pentagon as the special assistant to the under secretary of international affairs and will start with the DOE on December 1.
Smarter Balanced practice questionshttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/TeachingAndLearning/Testing/StateAssessment/Pages/Smarter-Balanced-Practice-Questions.aspxSmarter Balanced practice questionsTest yourself! Choose from among sample questions broken out by grade level among math and English Language Arts subjects.
Oahu Maphttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/ParentsAndStudents/EnrollingInSchool/SchoolFinder/Pages/Oahu-Map.aspxOahu Map
Video: Schools respond to Puna Lava Flowhttp://www.hawaiipublicschools.org/VisionForSuccess/SuccessStories/Schools/Pages/punalava.aspxVideo: Schools respond to Puna Lava FlowThe June 27th lava flow — named for the day it began erupting from a vent on Kilauea’s Pu‘u ‘O‘o crater — moved steadily northeast through forests toward populated areas. By late summer, U.S. Geological Survey updates made it clear that lower Puna, including Pahoa town, could be impacted. Video provides snapshots of how schools, staff and students adapted during a state of emergency.
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.

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