Top Ranked Public Schools for STRIVE HI testing, 2014-2015 School Year
Source file: Hawaii DOE (spreadsheet)
1. Niu Valley
3. Voyager (Charter)
2. Thompson Academy (Charter)
1. Niu Valley
3. Innovations (Charter)
PDF file is attached at the end of this article. Kaiser Complex schools will begin on July 30, 2015 rather than the DOE start date of July 29, 2015. The teachers have opted to take their teacher day on the 29th. Kaiser draft-only schedules will be available in the Registrar's office from June 15, 2015. Contact schools directly for clarification.
Once again, by accident, I happened upon a useful report from the Hawaii Department of Education. This report (attachment in PDF available at the end of the article) is for the 2013-2014 school year and provides metrics and demographics for Niu Valley Middle school. A full set of reports for all Hawaii public schools is available at: http://arch.k12.hi.us/school/ssir/ssir.html
The report is a tight and comprehensive overview of each of the schools and contains vital information about the facility. For Niu Valley, the report indicates that enrollment is up. Fall enrollment for 2013-2014 was 891 versus 816 for the 2012-2013 school year. Demographically, the school is a quarter (25.5 percent) White, 1.7% Black, 1.7% Hispanic and the remainder primarily some iteration of Asian or Pacific Islander.
Parental education, a statistic I track because of the correlation between educational standards and student performance, looks much like the Census figures reported earlier. The source for these data are also from the Census, so one would expect a great degree of similarity showing the higher levels of education in the Hawaii Kai, Kuliouou, Niu Valley and Aina Haina areas.
These are just quick observations and snippets of the report. As a whole, this report has a lot to offer, and is a quick read for understanding the foundation of the school and its neighboring community. Included in the report are teacher, parent and student assessments of school quality, discipline (suspensions), and test scores. The report was released January 9, 2015.
The U.S. Department of Education has named six Hawaii semi-finalists for this year's 2015 Presidential Scholar award. They are:
- HI ‐ Hana ‐ Jack V. Wolfgramm, Wolfgramm Home School
- HI ‐ Honolulu ‐ Andrew M. Chun, Roosevelt High School
- HI ‐ Honolulu ‐ Tianzhen Nie, Kaiser High School
- HI ‐ Honolulu ‐ Liz M. Tenrai, Punahou School
- HI ‐ Kamuela ‐ Harmony M. Graziano, Hawaii Preparatory Academy
- HI ‐ Kaneohe ‐ Sierra K. Hirayama, Kamehameha High School‐Kapalama
The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program was established in 1964, by executive order of the President, to recognize and honor some of our nation's most distinguished graduating high school seniors. In 1979, the program was extended to recognize students who demonstrate exceptional talent in the visual, creative and performing arts. Each year, up to 141 students are named as Presidential Scholars, one of the nation's highest honors for high school students.
Congratulations to these high school seniors on their year of achievement.
Parents, imagine that your government gave you tax dollars to custom fit and finance your child’s K-12 education. Sounds good, doesn’t it? Arizona did just that in 2011 and Florida followed suit in 2014. The way it works is this: The government gives you 90 percent of what it would have spent and you design your child’s education around it. Whatever you don’t spend you can save for future educational use. The plan can be as flexible as your State Legislature designs. For instance, in Arizona, items such as therapeutic horseback lessons may be eligible.
Conservatives and Libertarians are wild about Educational Savings Accounts (ESA) and, apparently, so too are cash-strapped States. At least a half-dozen states from Virginia to Oklahoma will bring a bill to the floor soon; Georgia’s vote is imminent.
On its face, it’s a great idea: a real win-win.
An often cited study warns against too much homework. "Our findings on the effects of homework challenge the traditional assumption that homework is inherently good" wrote Denise Pope, a senior lecturer at the Stanford Graduate School of Education and a co-author of a study published in the Journal of Experimental Education, [article by Clifton B. Parker]
While excessive homework may be a issue, the bigger question is how much homework is too much, and does it apply to Hawaii schoolchildren? Schools in the above study averaged more than three hours per day. The lowest school mean was 2.38 hours per night and the highest was 3.59. On the surface, there appears to be a large disconnect between the Silicon Valley culture and Hawaii: I can't fathom my children studying an average of three hours a day outside of school.
Surprisingly, it appears that one Hawaii school does.