Subject matter standards

Below is a list of the standards that the Hawaii DOE use to ensure students are being exposed to rigorous and age-appropriate benchmarks of learning. Standards are not curriculum, but expectations of what students should know and be able to do at each grade level. Visit our Learning Design site to learn more about curriculum design aligned to standards.

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Learning Design site

The Hawai‘i DOE's Office of Curriculum and Instructional Design initiated this resource in 2018 with the feedback of HIDOE educators to ensure we fulfill our mission: 

We serve our community by developing the academic achievement, character and social-emotional well-being of our students to the fullest potential. We work with partners, families and communities to ensure that all students reach their aspirations, from early learning through college, career and citizenship.

Hawai‘i DOE subject standards

Click the links below to learn more about our standards for learning in each core subject.

English Language Arts — Hawaii Common Core

Mathematics — Hawaii Common Core

Science — Next Generation Science Standards 

Computer Science — CSTA K-12 Computer Science Standards

  • Read the standards: VIEW
  • Learn more about CS for HI: VIEW

Social Studies

Hawaii Core Standards for Social Studies (HCSSS), approved for adoption by the Board of Education in October 2018. Three-year implementation begins with the 2019-20 school year:

Social Studies High School Elective Courses

Career and Technical Education — Hawaii Content and Performance Standards III

  • Read the standards: VIEW
  • CTE program overview: VIEW
  • Connect to Careers, a Coalition for Hawaii's Economic Future: VIEW

Fine Arts — National Core Arts Standards

  • Read the standards: VIEW
  • Resources, partners: VIEW

Health Education — National Health Education Standards: Achieving Excellence (NHES) were adopted by the Hawai'i State Board of Education in December 2019. A three-year implementation rollout begins in School Year (SY) 2020-2021, with full implementation of the NHES in SY 2023-2024.

  • Read the standards: VIEW
  • Health Education program overview: VIEW
  • Programs for health, nutrition and wellness: VIEW

Physical Education — Hawaii Content and Performance Standards III

  • Read the standards: VIEW
  • Physical Education program overview: VIEW

World Languages — Hawaiʻi World-Readiness Standards for Learning Languages

  • Read the standards: VIEW

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