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Hawaii leads in growing ranks of accomplished teachers

MEDIA RELEASE The state Department of Education, Kamehameha Schools and the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) announced today that 59 teachers in Hawaii achieved National Board Certification this year, demonstrating that they have attained the knowledge and skills necessary to prepare students for 21st century success. Over the past three years, Hawaii has […]

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DOE website makes school growth data transparent

MEDIA RELEASE The state Department of Education has made available to parents, students and the Hawaii community a public version of the Hawaii Growth Model data visualization website. This interactive website allows users to click among multiple data streams comparing the state’s Complex Areas, schools and student groups, generating bubble charts that plot how those […]

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Pono Choices to resume following DOE review

MEDIA RELEASE The state Department of Education is lifting the hold on its sexual education curriculum. A review of Pono Choices confirmed the curriculum is medically accurate, appropriate and aligned with health education, state law and DOE policy. Pono Choices was put on hold last month pending a review of curriculum concerns brought to the […]

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College-and career-readiness efforts recognized

MEDIA RELEASE Hawaii’s efforts to prepare students for college and careers earned high marks from Achieve, a national non-partisan education reform organization. Hawaii is one of 46 states and D.C. to adopt Common Core State Standards (CCSS), rigorous education standards aligned with college- and career-readiness (CCR), or the knowledge and skills necessary for success after […]

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Sex education program Pono Choices to be reviewed

MEDIA RELEASE The state Department of Education will place Pono Choices implementation on hold as it conducts another review of the pilot curriculum. Pono Choices is a medically accurate teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted infection (STI) prevention program funded by the federal Office of Adolescent Health (OAH) and developed by the University of Hawaii at […]

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DOE revises graduation rate for 2012

MEDIA RELEASE The state Department of Education has reported revised high school graduation rate results. The data changes affect the statewide graduation rate percentage, graduation rates for 37 high schools and the status of 11 schools in the Strive HI Performance System. The Strive HI Performance System is designed to measure and understand school performance […]

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Public school enrollment grows by 2,000 students

MEDIA RELEASE Hawaii’s public schools enrolled 185,273 students in the 2013-14 school year, an increase of 1.1 percent compared to last year’s total of 183,251. The figures represent all 255 state Department of Education (DOE) schools and 33 charter schools. DOE schools enrolled 175,476 (+1,818 from last year) students, about 95 percent of the total, […]

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Students asked to provide feedback about learning environment

MEDIA RELEASE A student survey being administered in Hawaii’s public schools through Oct. 18 will provide educators with critical classroom feedback aimed at improving teaching and learning. Students from kindergarten through grade 12 are taking the Tripod Student Perceptions Survey, which measures effective student-teacher relationships and elements of teaching quality. “Students interact with their teachers […]

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DOE names 2013 Employee and Team of the Year

MEDIA RELEASE The state Department of Education on Friday presented its Employee of the Year award to Donna Therrien, a former district support teacher whose educator effectiveness training has served as a model for the state. The Kaala Food Services Team took the DOE’s Team of the Year award for its dedication to shaping positive […]

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ACT results reinforce need for college, career focus

MEDIA RELEASE The ACT has released the results of the graduating Class of 2013’s performance on its college-readiness exam. A record 5,345 Hawaii students in public and private schools took the ACT test in spring 2012, representing a 75 percent increase from the Class of 2010. However, results show a majority of Hawaii’s Class of […]

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DOE tackling inefficiencies as part of transformation

MEDIA RELEASE As public schools begin a new year, the state Department of Education will keep part of its focus on investigating inefficiencies to enhance operations statewide. The DOE revealed a new analysis aimed at improving development of school facilities. A review of the DOE’s Facilities Development Branch (FDB) was presented before the Hawaii State […]

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DOE cleared from ‘Race to the Top’ high-risk status

MEDIA RELEASE The Hawaii State Department of Education has received notification from the U.S. Department of Education that its Race to the Top (RTTT) grant is no longer considered “high-risk” and is in good standing. “This is great news that validates the good work that’s been done by the teachers, educational leaders and our community […]

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DOE overhauls website to increase transparency

MEDIA RELEASE The state Department of Education has launched www.HawaiiPublicSchools.org, a redesigned website to better serve parents, students, teachers, staff and the broader public. The website overhaul was one of the specific targets of focus outlined in the DOE and Board of Education’s 2011-2018 Strategic Plan. The new site took nearly a year of research […]

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Keaau, Pahoa among schools selected for digital pilot

MEDIA RELEASE The state Department of Education (DOE) has announced the eight school-applicants that have been selected for the Common Core Digital Curriculum Pilot Project (CCDC) in the upcoming 2013-14 school year. The eight schools were selected based on their technological readiness, commitment to integrating technology in the classroom and readiness to implement a large […]

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