Public input sought on amendment to Hawai'i's ESSA plan

09-Jan-2019

In December 2018, the U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) informed the Hawaii State Department of Education that its methodology to identify schools’ student subgroups for Additional Targeted Support and Improvement (A-TSI), as stated in its approved Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Consolidated State Plan, does not meet federal requirements. Hawaii will submit an amendment to its ESSA Plan. A public comment window is open through Jan. 17.

SURVEY

  • The public input window on the amendment to Hawaii's ESSA plan is open through Thursday, Jan. 17. Click here to access.

​KEY DOCUMENTS

  • Hawaii's Consolidated State Plan for ESSA — VIEW
  • Proposed amendment to language, redlined, regarding the methodology for identifying schools' student subgroups for Additional Targeted Support and Improvement  — VIEW

Overview

In December 2018, the USDOE informed Hawaii that its methodology to identify schools' subgroups for Additional Targeted Support and Improvement (A-TSI), as codified in its approved ESSA Consolidated State Plan, did not meet federal requirements. 

Under ESSA, school districts must provide additional supports for schools whose data show performance challenges relating to graduation rates, assessments, and other school performance data. These supports are grouped into two categories, which are included in our Strive HI accountability system and outlined in this fact sheet:

  • Comprehensive Support and Improvement (CSI), which looks at school performance overall;
  • Targeted Support and Improvement (TSI), which looks at student subgroup performance, and which involves a cycle either annually (Consistently Underperforming) or every three years (A-TSI).

The federal supports provided to schools identified for CSI or TSI are commonly used for additional staffing, curriculum and instruction, professional development, initiatives to reduce chronic absenteeism and increase graduation rates, and social-emotional supports for students.

As a result of the USDOE's notification last month, Hawaii will amend its ESSA Plan. Hawaii proposes applying the methodology it uses to identify the lowest-performing 5 percent of Title I schools for CSI to low-performing subgroups for A-TSI. You can review the redlined amendment document here, showing the language and methodology change in the plan. It is also linked under Key Documents, above.

Educators and the public can provide input on these changes by filling out this short survey, which will close Jan. 17. 

FAQs

Some commonly asked questions about this change and ESSA:

What is an ESSA Consolidated State Plan?

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was signed by President Obama on December 2015. The purpose of the Consolidated State Plan is to provide parents with quality, transparent information about ESSA as implemented in their state.

Hawaii's ESSA Consolidated State Plan was approved by the Board of Education on September 5, 2017 and signed by Governor David Ige and Superintendent Christina M. Kishimoto. The plan was subsequently approved by the USDOE on January 19, 2018.

Why does Hawaii need to amend its ESSA Consolidated State Plan?

The USDOE periodically conducts Progress Checks to monitor states' implementation of ESSA. During Hawaii's Progress Check in December 2018, the USDOE indicated that Hawaii's methodology to identify schools' subgroups for additional targeted support and improvement (A-TSI) did not meet federal requirements. As a result, Hawaii will amend its Consolidated State Plan to meet federal requirements.

What is the process for amending an ESSA Consolidated State Plan?

According to the November 14, 2018 Dear Colleague Letter, any revision to an ESSA Consolidated State Plan must be submitted to the USDOE for review and approval. Prior to submitting an amendment to the USDOE, a State must consult with the Governor on the amendment, afford a reasonable opportunity for public comment on the amendment, and consider such comments.

What will Hawaii's proposed amendment address?

The purpose of this amendment is to ensure Hawaii's ESSA Consolidated State Plan meets all federal requirements. This amendment is limited to the revision of the methodology for identifying schools' student subgroups for A-TSI.

What are the federal requirements regarding a state's methodology to identify schools' student subgroups for additional targeted support and improvement?

ESSA requires that Hawaii provide additional targeted support and improvement to any subgroup of students that, on its own, would be identified in the lowest-performing 5 percent of Title I schools identified for comprehensive support and improvement (CSI).

How does Hawaii propose to change its methodology for identifying schools' student subgroups for additional targeted support and improvement to meet federal requirements?

Hawaii's approved Consolidated State Plan uses the lowest Unit Score of the lowest-performing 5 percent of Title I schools identified for Comprehensive Support and Improvement as the threshold for the identification of schools' subgroups for Additional Targeted Support and Improvement. Hawaii will revise its methodology to identify for Additional Targeted Support and Improvement any school with at least one subgroup of students in the lowest-performing 5 percent of Title I subgroups.

To see Hawaii's approved ESSA Consolidated State Plan, click here. For a redlined version of the approved ESSA Consolidated State Plan that reflects the proposed revisions, click here.

What is the anticipated impact of the proposed amendment?

In 2017, 11 schools were identified for A-TSI. (List available on the 2017 ESSA State Report here.) If the proposed amendment is approved, the number of schools identified for A-TSI would grow significantly. Those schools would then share in federal funds provided to support their improvement.

How do I submit comments on the proposed amendment?

To submit comments on Hawaii's proposed amendment to its ESSA Consolidated State Plan regarding the methodology for identifying schools' subgroups for A-TSI, click here. The deadline for comments is Thursday, January 17, 2019. 


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