For the third consecutive year, the Hawaii State Board of Education (BOE) gave Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi an overall rating of 'Exceeds Expectations' in her annual job performance evaluation.
"The Superintendent and her team sets high expectations for the Department, and has continued to collaborate with the Board, schools and community on advancing these goals," said BOE Chairman Lance Mizumoto.
The BOE evaluation of the superintendent is comprised of the following categories with Superintendent Matayoshi's rating in each:
- Overall Rating: Exceeds Expectations;
- Overall Management Abilities: Exceeds Expectations; and
- Performance Objectives and Program Accomplishments: Fully Meets Expectations.
The Board noted a number of accomplishments in Matayoshi's evaluation, posted here. According to the BOE, the Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE) continues to make progress in key systemic areas from progress on addressing the statewide achievement gap to the expansion of community engagement with a focus on career and college.
"The Department continues to work hard in transforming public education. This rating is reassuring feedback that we are on the right track, and a reflection of the high performance and dedication of the Department's leadership team, administrators, teachers and students," said Matayoshi. "We will continue to strive higher and remain student-focused in our decision making and planning."
Additional HIDOE accomplishments over the past year include the following milestones:
- Establishment of new offices including the Office of Hawaiian Education and Community Engagement;
- Implementation of "Jacob's Study," a three phase project that will help HIDOE compile a comprehensive space inventory of all of its facilities;
- Expansion of the free meal and summer meals programs;
- Opening of new facilities including the Kailua High's Natural Science Lab Building and Stevenson Middle's Science & Technology Center;
- Reduction in open cases of Department Directed Leave (DDL) and Leave Pending Investigation (LPI);
- Securement of multiple grants including the New Skills for Youth grant awarded to 24 states to improve career preparation systems; and
- Launched efforts to review and revise the joint HIDOE/BOE Strategic Plan concurrently to the drafting of a state plan in response to the new federal law the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).
Matayoshi was named superintendent in September 2010. Prior to her appointment, she served as acting and interim superintendent (January 2010) and deputy superintendent (July 2009).
Mizumoto has been BOE chairman since July 1, 2015. Four new members joined the BOE in 2016 including Patricia Bergin, Kenneth Uemura, Bruce Voss and student representative Andrea Lyn Mateo, a senior at Waipahu High School.