HONOLULU - A $6.6 million four-year grant has been awarded to the Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE) by the U.S. Department of Education to increase the use of data to support the improvement of college and career outcomes for Hawaii’s students and citizens.
The four-year grant will be focused on supporting HIDOE educators and staff to use data to effectively support students in the classroom and at schools. HIDOE will also work with Hawaii P-20 Partnerships for Education (Hawaii P-20) to develop reports and information through the Hawaii Data eXchange Partnership (Hawaii DXP), a secure, statewide, cross-agency longitudinal data system that links information from infancy through early learning, K-12 and postsecondary education and the workforce. The long-term goal of this joint effort is to provide information and reports across and within Hawaii’s education and workforce sectors to identify and reduce achievement gaps for our most vulnerable populations by providing the necessary supports to improve outcomes for Hawaii’s citizens.
“The use of metrics have proved beneficial in guiding teachers, leaders and the state offices in focusing our educational efforts to ensure that students are reaching their full potential,”said HIDOE Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi. “This grant will be used toward school-level training and help boost our strategic efforts in preparing students for success after high school.”
“We are pleased to be working in partnership with the HIDOE on using data to inform program improvements for all of our keiki. Meaningful data analysis gives us an understanding about what our students need, from early education on, to be successful in college and future careers as well as to be contributing members of Hawaii’s community,”said Karen Lee, Executive Director of Hawaii P-20.
A panel reviewed 43 applications for the grant round, 16 of which have now been awarded. Learn more about the Statewide Longitudinal Data Systems Grant Program at https://nces.ed.gov/programs/slds/grant_information.asp.
About the Hawaii State Department of Education. The Hawaii State Department of Education is the ninth-largest U.S. school district and the only statewide educational system in the country. It is comprised of 256 schools and 34 charter schools, and serves more than 180,000 students. King Kamehameha III established Hawaii’s public school system in 1840. To learn more, visit HawaiiPublicSchools.org.
Hawai‘i P-20 Partnerships for Education, a statewide partnership led by the Executive Office on Early Learning, the Hawai‘i State Department of Education and the University of Hawai‘i System works to strengthen the education pipeline from early childhood through higher education so that all students achieve college and career success. Hawai‘i P-20’s partners share a sense of urgency about the need to improve Hawai‘i’s educational outcomes in an increasingly global economy, and have established a goal of 55% of Hawai‘i’s working age adults having a 2- or 4-year college degree by 2025. For more information, visit http://www.p20hawaii.org.