Equity and Excellence
We believe in the unique strengths and potential of each and every child in our public schools. To fulfill our commitment to each student, Hawaiʻi’s public schools will achieve equity and excellence, so that all students can successfully discover and embark upon their chosen path in life. State offices, Complex Areas, and schools—DOE and charters—will apply their resources to ensure that all students have equal opportunity for a high-quality education. This education, integrated with our uniquely Hawaiian values and sense of place, will equip students for local and global leadership and the ambitious community, career, and college goals of their choice. Our students have high hopes for their future and by working together, all of us—including families, communities, state leaders, businesses, and partner organizations—can support the future of Hawaiʻi’s keiki and our island home.
Read the Plan [VIEW]
Read the Executive Summary (poster) [VIEW]
IN THE NEWS
- Honolulu Star-Advertiser: DOE revamps state strategic plan [VIEW]
- West Hawaii Today: State to release education plan [VIEW]
Goals and Expectations
The plan keeps in place the three main goals of Student Success, Staff Success, and Successful Systems of Support, while updating the strategies and objectives based on community feedback, lessons learned and Bright Spots in our schools (see below for more on the process). To measure progress on the Strategic Plan, the BOE and DOE commit to regular reporting on 12 key statewide success indicators and ensure students achieve the BOE's Vision of a Hawai‘i Public School Graduate (Policy 102-15). We strive to increase our graduation rate to 90 percent by 2025, which would make our on-time graduation rate one of the highest in the nation. We also strive to ensure that the high school diploma is meaningful and represents career, college, and community readiness as embodied by academic standards and
General Learner Outcomes. This also contributes to our state’s “55 by ‘25” goal of more working age adults having a 2- or 4-year college degree to meet the forecasted needs of our economy.
Statewide indicators represent the overall health of public education, focusing on those which have greatest impact on student success, as well as state and federal requirements. They do not comprehensively represent diverse measures of success valued by our state’s nearly 300 schools. Schools can address their unique approach to indicators through their Academic and Financial Plans and charter school contracts.
| STUDENT SUCCESS INDICATOR||2016 BASELINE||2020 TARGET|
1. Chronic Absenteeism.Percentage of students who are absent for 15 or more days during the school year.
2. School Climate.Percentage of students reporting positive school climate as measured by the Safety Dimension of the School Quality Survey.
3. Inclusion Rate.Percentage of students receiving special education services who are in general education classes for 80 percent or more of the school day.
4. 3rd Grade Literacy.Percentage of 3rd graders demonstrating reading of “At or Near” or “Above” grade-level expectation on Smarter Balanced Assessment.
5. 9th Grade On-Track.Percentage of first-time 9th graders promoted to 10th grade on-time.
6. Academic Achievement.Percentage of students meeting achievement targets on statewide assessments in English Language Arts/Literacy, Mathematics, and Science.
7. High School Graduation.On-time rate based on federal methodology for Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rate of students for earning a diploma within four years.
8. Career & Technical Education Concentrator.Percentage of 12th graders who complete a CTE Program of Study.
9. College-Going Rate.Percentage of high school completers enrolled in postsecondary institutions nationwide—vocational or trade schools, 2- or 4-year colleges—in the fall following graduation.
10. Teacher Positions Filled.Percentage filled as of August 1 each year.
11. Teacher Retention.Percentage of teachers retained after five years.
12. Repair & Maintenance Backlog.Dollar amount in list of unfunded or deferred major R&M projects.
The 2016 review & extension process
The DOE and BOE embarked on a review and extension of its 2012-2018 Strategic Plan at the beginning of 2016. The goal was to gather input from the community to understand progress, challenges and lessons learned from the implementation of the existing plan, and take advantage of opportunities to introduce new strategies and objectives to support student success. (Pictured: feedback gathered at the final Hawaii State Student Council meeting of the 2015-16 school year.)
It was an excellent time to initiate a review of the plan. A new federal law with broad bipartisan support, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), was signed into law by President Obama in December 2015. The DOE had completed the rigorous requirements for the
Race to the Top grant in 2014. In 2015, the BOE had passed a new Ends Policy, Nā Hopena A‘o, a Department-wide framework to develop the skills, behaviors and dispositions that are reminiscent of Hawaiʻi’s unique context, and to honor the qualities and values of the indigenous language and culture of Hawaiʻi.
After extensive outreach and feedback (see below), the final plan was released on Nov. 30, 2016 and presented to the BOE on Dec. 6.
PHASE I - SPRING 2016: to develop a community-based definition of student success
via online survey (1,429 responses)
at 108 diverse focus groups with an estimated 1,201 participants conducted around the state (see map).
View Phase I Community Outreach report: PRINT | DIGITAL
PHASE II - FALL 2016:
to set objectives and strategies to realize the new definition of student success
- BOE Community Meetings were held on Oahu, Hawaii, Maui, Molokai and Kauai. Stakeholders who attended worked in teams to refine, rework or reject strategies designed to support draft objectives for student success culled from the Phase I outreach, and offer suggestions for what's working or what we need to achieve them. View list of meetings with links to Facebook galleries.
- At the end of September, a survey to gather additional input on Goal 2 (Staff Success) and Goal 3 (Successful Systems of Support) netted 1,144 responses.
DRAFT PLAN FEEDBACK
- A draft plan was released on Oct. 18, 2016 for a public comment period that netted more than 4,000 views. Feedback revealed strong support for the objectives and strategies. (View summary of feedback
Student Success is at the center of the Strategic Plan, so student voice is crucial. The DOE teamed with Oceanit and Adult Friends for Youth on a design thinking exercise to do a deep dive into how students would design schools:
IN THE NEWS
Honolulu Star-Advertiser: All voices welcome in shaping our education future [VIEW]
Hawaii News Now: DOE/BOE seek input about strategic education plan [VIEW]
KHON: Department of Education asks for public input to improve schools [VIEW]
Civil Beat: All voices matter in defining student success in Hawaii [VIEW]
Hawaii News Now: Local Connection, with Asst. Supt. Tammi Chun [VIEW]
Hawaii Public Radio, The Conversation (starts at 29:13) [LISTEN]
Education Week, Teacher Blog: Placing students and families in the conversation [VIEW]