Supt's Corner: May 2018

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The HIDOE will continue to track our college and career readiness progress annually through various indicators, some of which were discussed at our April 5 Board meeting with our Hawai‘i P-20 partners, who shared results from the Class of 2017. Here is the great news — more HIDOE students are graduating from high school on time and taking advanced coursework.


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​Supt's Corner: May 2018

Supt. Christina Kishimoto From the May 2018 edition of Education Update.

Starting May 18, high schools across our state will host graduation celebrations for the more than 10,000 students who will graduate and their families, teachers and staff who supported their journeys. What an exciting time of year! We are proud of all of our Hawai‘i public school graduates and wish them great success. 

The HIDOE will continue to track our college and career readiness progress annually through various indicators, some of which were discussed at our April 5 Board meeting with our Hawai‘i P-20 partners, who shared results from the Class of 2017. Here is the great news — more HIDOE students are graduating from high school on time and taking advanced coursework. Over five years, there has been steady growth in the number of students taking the Advanced Placement exam, from 24 percent in 2012 to 32 percent in 2017. Also, the percentage of students taking a dual credit course, which earns them both high school and college credit, has risen from 6 percent in 2012 to 17 percent in 2017. 

Both indicators are important because we know from national research that when students take college courses while still in high school, they have a higher likelihood of applying to and attending college. 

HIDOE also increased the percentage of students graduating high school prepared for college-level English and math at UH. The English readiness rate rose from 48 percent in 2012 to 65 percent in 2017; in math it rose from 29 percent in 2012 to 39 percent in 2017. Strong improvement, yet they remain areas of focus for us — we want all students who graduate from our public school system to be ready for college coursework. 

This data discussion raised several topics of importance that we will continue to closely monitor including quality career and college counseling, alignment of school models with college and career pathways, opportunities for secondary students to apply learning authentically, universal access to the ACT exam, and ­­­equitable access to dual credit and AP courses across our state.

Congratulations to the Class of 2018! Great work principals, teachers and staff in preparing and supporting our students for post-secondary life!


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