HONOLULU - The Hawaii State Department of Education (DOE) today issued adjustments to Strive HI Performance System results for nine schools. The revisions were made after further analysis of the system’s criteria.
"The Department continues to fine tune its process to ensure schools receive timely, accurate information to assist with their improvement efforts," said Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi. "We appreciate schools’ patience and collaboration during the transition to the new Strive HI Performance System, which provides us all with more comprehensive information to understand schools’ performance and progress."
The Strive HI Performance System is the DOE’s new school accountability and improvement system approved in May by the U.S. Department of Education. It replaces many requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) with multiple measures of success to meet the needs of Hawaii’s students, educators and schools.
Schools earn points based on achievement, growth, readiness and achievement gap measures. In combination with several automatic classification factors, these points determine a school’s classification into one of five steps: Recognition, Continuous Improvement, Focus, Priority and Superintendent’s Zone.
The adjustments made to the nine schools were based on the following reasons:
1. Chronic Absenteeism: The DOE incorporated new chronic absenteeism data for elementary charter schools that had been previously excluded.
2. Graduation rule: The DOE corrected an error whereby high schools were classified as Priority schools based on only two years of graduation rate data when the rules require three years of data.
3. Change in number of Focus Schools: Changes in the number of schools classified as Focus and Priority allowed for one school to move up from Focus into Continuous Improvement status.
Below is a summary of the adjustments:
|Hawaii Academy of Arts and Sciences||Moved up one step from Priority to Focus||Graduation rate rule|
|Hawaii Technology Academy||Moved up one step from Priority to Focus||Graduation rate rule|
|Kihei Charter School||Moved up one step from Priority to Focus||Graduation rate rule|
|Kua O Ka La Charter School||Moved up one step from Focus to Continuous Improvement||Change in number of Focus schools|
|Olomana School||Automatic classification reason changes from “Low Graduation Rate” to “Low Performance” and Priority status remains||Graduation rate rule|
|Hakipuu Learning Center||Automatic classification reason changes from “Low Graduation Rate” to “Low Performance” and Priority status remains||Graduation rate rule|
|Kualapuu Elementary||No change in status or index score, but school informed of chronic absenteeism data||Chronic absenteeism|
|Lanikai Elementary||No change in status or index score, but school informed of chronic absenteeism data||Chronic absenteeism|
|Waialae Elementary||School’s index score increased five points to 298||Chronic absenteeism|
More information about the Strive HI Performance System can be found at HawaiiPublicSchools.org.
On Tuesday, the DOE recognized 14 top-performing schools for exceptional achievement with awards ranging from $20,000 to $95,000. These "recognition" schools demonstrating the highest progress towards raising student achievement, graduation rates, and closing the achievement gap.