Elementary School

As students move through grades 1-6, teachers observe their academic, social and emotional development and apply supports as needed. Assessments begin in grade 3.

General Learner Outcomes

Students in grades K-6 are evaluated by teachers in six GLOs. Elementary teachers use a GLO rubric and classroom-based evidence to determine a student's rating for each GLO, which is then communicated to parents via the elementary standards-based report card.

Learning standards

Teachers have the flexibility to design lesson plans that incorporate the arts, social and cultural values, health and wellness principles and more. The foundation is in a standards-based education that includes Common Core in English Language Arts/Literacy and Mathematics, and the Hawaii Content and Performance Standards III in all other subjects. HIDOE has adopted Next Generation Science Standards​ with full implementation targeted for school year 2019-20. 


  • The annual State Assessment of English Language Arts and math begins in grade 3. An additional science assessment is given to 4th graders.
  • A sample of 4th graders are assessed in the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) in reading, writing, math and science.

Health and Wellness

All students have access to breakfast and lunch at Department schools, and qualifying students can receive free and reduced price lunch. All students have at least 20 minutes a day of supervised recess, and students are encouraged to participate in physical activity. Standards for physical education classes are:

  • a minimum of 45 minutes per week for grades 1-3
  • a minimum of 55 minutes per week for grades 4-5
  • a minimum of 107 minutes for grade 6


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