April 2015 Education Update


In this issue: Strong results on Hawaii P-20's College & Career Readiness Indicators (CCRI) report, update on testing of the lunar experiment by the MoonRIDERS team at Kealakehe High School, Supt. Matayoshi looks at the importance of the CCRI results, upcoming events, school and educator opportunities.


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April 2015 edition


Supt's Corner

Media in all its forms routinely perpetuate wrong perceptions about public education in Hawaii. Negative stories and commentary, which tend to pull people apart rather than bring them together, get posted and published indiscriminately.

So it was wonderful to see that wasn’t the case on March 23, 2015, when the Honolulu Star-Advertiser headline read, on the front page, in bold: “More grads are bound for college.” The story featured Hawaii P-20’s College & Career Readiness Indicators (CCRI) report that “Hawaii public school students are better suited to continue their education.” In two years, our high schools have:

  • Raised the college-going rate by 6 points;
  • Raised reading proficiency by 5 points, math by 11 points;
  • Raised the number of students taking Advanced Placement exams by 4 points (and lost no ground on passing scores, up another point);
  • Reduced remediation in college math by 5 points and college English by a point.
Taken in concert with our NAEP scores​ — 4th graders beating the national average in math, and huge 10-year growth trajectories (2nd in the nation for grades 4 and 8 math, 5th in the nation for grade 8 reading) — schools are delivering on their promise to get more students ready for life after school.

The numbers show — rigor works. Our staff are moving mountains to reach it and students are responding. This has been years in the making, with the collaborative work of teachers, families, our partners, leadership at all levels, and caring communities who support their individual schools. Well done, and mahalo nui loa. Keep striving!

As Farrington Principal Al Carganilla noted, the CCRI report “is a testament not only to the work our teachers do, but how bad our kids want this.”


​About Education Up​​date

Education Update is a monthly newsletter by the Department of Education’s Communications and Community Affairs Office, distributed to schools, the first Board of Education meeting of the month and posted online at HawaiiPublicSchools.org. We encourage submissions! Please send to: 1390 Miller Street, Rm 312, Honolulu, HI 96813. Phone: (808) 586-3232; Email: doe_info@hawaiidoe.org​

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