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Hawaii Education Officials Find Bright Spot in Otherwise Lean School Report Card

December 9, 2020

Hawaii is the latest state to release a truncated school report card amid a lack of assessment data in every state due to the cancellation of spring summative exams earlier this year. Without the data from state tests, report cards have been unable to include...

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Hawaii Non-Profit Seeks Financial Data from Ed Department

May 14, 2019

Suevon Lee reports for Honolulu Civil Beat that the nonprofit Education Institute of Hawaii has started a petition “in an attempt to convince the state Department of Education to turn over financial data the nonprofit says is key to building a fiscal transparency tool for...

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State Plan Submissions and Drafts

October 17, 2017

Approved State Plans Alabama: Final Plan Approved (5/7/18) Alaska: Final Plan Approved (5/16/18) Arizona: Final Plan Approved (9/6/17) Arkansas: Final Plan Approved (1/16/18) Colorado: Final Plan Approved (5/7/18) Connecticut: Final Plan Approved (8/15/17) Delaware: Final Plan Approved (8/2/17) District of Columbia: Final Plan Approved (8/28/17) Georgia:...

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HI Board of Ed. Approves Draft ESSA Plan

June 21, 2017

The Hawaii Board of Education unanimously approved the state’s draft ESSA plan. Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi stated, “We appreciate the many meetings and valuable input that led up to today’s Board action.” She continued, “This decision is one step forward in greatly helping our administrators who...

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Hawaii State Teachers Association Concerned by State’s ESSA Plan

May 30, 2017

The Hawaii State Teachers Association (HSTA) raised concerns over the state’s proposed ESSA plan. According to HSTA President Corey Rosenlee, “the ESSA plan, 80 percent of it, is still tied to test scores,” and they “still believe that it’s too much teaching for the test...

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Hawaii Releases Draft ESSA Plan

December 28, 2016

Hawaii officials released an initial draft ESSA implementation plan. To view the plan click here.

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HI Board of Education to Review State ESSA Plan

December 6, 2016

The Board of Education will review the state’s ESSA plan at their monthly meeting on Tuesday. The department has also crafted a strategic plan for “assessing the state’s current public school system” and “identifying areas of need.” Both plans will be reviewed.

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Local Superintendents Gather Feedback on Joint Strategic Plan

August 5, 2016

Hawaii Island Complex Area superintendents, State Superintendent of Education Kathryn Matayoshi, and several other education leaders from Oahu met to gather feedback on proposed updates to Hawaii’s current “joint strategic plan.” Officials are drafting an updated version to be presented to the State Board of...

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Senate Ed Chair Leads ESSA Discussion

July 13, 2016

State Senator Michelle Kidani, the Senate education committee chair, led a discussion about how ESSA will affect the way teachers, students, and campus leadership interact and conduct public school instruction.

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U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Releases State ESSA Primers

May 16, 2016

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s primers include individual state by state accountability system fact sheets, which detail each state’s current accountability system, what could change under ESSA, and what to be asking state leaders. See details about your state here.

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Gov. Ige Announces New Task Force

May 12, 2016

Gov. Ige announced a new task force in April “comprised of educators, lawmakers and other stakeholders [to] develop a plan for new national requirements aimed at changing how Hawaii schools measure success and bringing the state in line with” ESSA. This week, Ige was criticized...

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Gov. Ige Announces Members of Governor’s Team

April 29, 2016

Governor David Ige announced the names of the newly selected members of the Governor’s Team on ESSA. Read more here.

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Gov. Ige Creates Governor’s Team on ESSA

April 14, 2016

Gov. David Ige announced the formation of the Governor’s Team on ESSA. They will work to develop a blueprint for Hawai‘i’s public schools that is consistent with ESSA. The Governor’s office also announced the scheduling of an Education Summit this summer to solicit input on...

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