Strive HI Performance System

Hawai'i's school accountability and improvement system is designed to meet the needs of students, educators and schools. It aligns and connects our key state education policies and initiatives to position students and educators for success and uses data to measure progress and target resources.

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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Hawai‘i’s school accountability and improvement system

How do you measure how well a school is doing? In our estimation, it's about more than scores on high-stakes tests. Schools should demonstrate that they're supporting all children along the educational pipeline toward college, career and community readiness. Are they attending school? Are they graduating? Are they going to college? Students should be able to demonstrate proficiency, but are they also showing growth? And how successfully are schools reducing the achievement gap between high-needs and non-high-needs students?

The Strive HI Performance System was designed to account for all these factors in student success. To implement it, the state took advantage of the U.S. Department of Education's (USDOE) opportunity to apply for a waiver from certain requirements of the federal No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). Hawaii's waiver was approved in May 2013 after more than a year of collaboration with Hawai'i educators, parents, community groups and higher education stakeholders. Approval was extended in 2014, and was rated the highest level of "meets expectations" across all measurements of the USDOE monitoring report​, one of the few states to achieve the distinction. It was updated in 2017 to align with the state's Strategic Plan and reauthorization of federal education law under ESSA.


Data from the components of the system are gathered throughout the year. Schools' scores on these components are released in the fall.


Visualization sites

​Dynamically view data from the Strive HI System on these websites:

  • ARCH ADC: The Accountability Data Center features school-level results in test scores and participation, and graduation and retention data. 

Strive HI versus NCLB

The Strive HI Performance System replaces many of NCLB’s most outdated and ineffective requirements with a system better designed to meet the needs of Hawaii’s students, educators and schools.


No Child Left Behind (2002-2012)

Strive HI Performance System (2013 -   )

Who designed the system?

The federal government designed the system based on an outdated approach to school reform.

Hawaii stakeholders designed the system to align to the Strategic Plan.

What is the system’s focus?

Proficiency in reading and math.

Readiness for community, college and careers.

How is school performance measured?

Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) measures school performance based mostly on one test, the Hawaii State Assessment (HSA) reading and math scores in grades 3-10.

Tracks school performance and progress, using multiple measures including:

  • Student achievement;
  • Readiness: Chronic absenteeism, high school graduation rates, college enrollment;
  • Achievement gap: Reducing the gap between “high-needs students” and "non-high-needs students." 

Which students are schools held accountable for?

All schools are held accountable for the performance of student subgroups that do not fully reflect Hawaii’s student population.

All schools are held accountable for the performance of all of Hawaii’s students and student subgroups that reflect the state’s student population.

How are schools supported for improvement?

Schools are required to use federally-designed, one-size-fits-all interventions.

ESSA requires schools to be identified for Comprehensive Support & Improvement (CSI) and Targeted Support and Improvement (TSI). 

Contact Information

Assessment and Accountability

Phone: 808-586-3283


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