Mr. Jason Yoshimoto, current Vice Principal at Hahaione Elementary, has been promoted to Principal at Kamiloiki Elementary. He begins his new job in 2015 at the start of the second semester.
Congratulations Mr. Yoshimoto. Kamiloiki will be gaining a wonderful leader with energy, vision and balance.
U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz has announced his choice of 15 Hawaii teens for his 2015 Seniors Internship Program, based out of his Honolulu office.
The list includes Kaiser High senior Sharissa Miyasato, the only public school intern from the Honolulu District, and Niu Valley resident Aina Katsikas of Sacred Hearts Academy. The girls join seven other public school seniors and six from private schools throughout the state. They were selected based on community involvement, diversity of interests and demonstrated leadership qualities.
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It's not the kind of headline you'd expect to hear. Undoubtedly, many still cling to the notion that Hawaii's public schools are subpar. For those looking for a national comparison, check out http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/states/ . According to the National Center for Education Statistics, Hawaii -- the state that in the 1990's lagged its peers -- is now equal to or better than the national average in several categories.
The data below were pulled from the website above by using the drop-down menu and selecting Hawaii.
|Assessment||Average Scale Score||Achievement Level|
|at or above
|¹Accommodations were not permitted for this assessment.
# Rounds to zero.
† Not applicable.
Note: Standard Errors (SE) are shown in parentheses.
|Higher than National public|
|Not significantly different from National public|
|Lower than National public|
Hahaione Elementary School will be bidding Aloha to Ms. Cindy GIorgis at the end of the 2014 Calendar Year. The Hawaii Department of Education has announced her replacement, Mr. Shannon Goo, current principal at Lincoln Elementary School. He begins his new job at Hahaione on January 9, 2015. Welcome, Mr. Goo and happy retirement, Ms. Georgis!
What is the optimal rate of math or English proficiency for any public school? Public school proficiency arguably shouldn't be 100 percent. The problem with 100 percent proficiency is the price of collecting those last percentage points. It is, after all a public school, a democratic right and one in which no one is denied admission. To chase those last few percentage points would be prohibitively expensive and would deprive those meeting proficiency from advancing yet further.
Taking the other view however, it really shouldn't be as low as the Hawaii Department of Education scores for the 2013-2014 school year. Only 18 of 47 schools had 75 percent or more of students proficient in reading, and only three schools had 75 percent or more of students proficient in math.
Below is a chart of middle school scores from of what is being called the bridge assessment, a period of transition from the Hawaii State Assessment (HSA) to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) based test. Horizontal lines have been inserted at the 25%, 50%, and 75% tiers
Data Source: 2013-14 Strive HI Master Data File(.xlsx file) Hawaii Department of Education
The PDF format is attached below.
Sometimes I think transparency in Hawaii is literal: you can't see it. These data come from the Hawaii Department of Education website out of a link that I only seem to be able to access by using special filters in the Google search engine to unearth. It does not seem to be part of the main menu. In any case, because of the manner in which DOE manipulates the overall Strive performance index, I thought you might like to see how some of the raw data stack up. For parents interested in which schools have students performing well on the ACT college readiness assessment, here's the breakdown of the top eight public middle schools in Hawaii.
|2013-14 College Preparedness|
|Top Middle Schools for 8th Grade ACT Testing|
|% Scoring at or Above|
|15 on 8th Grade ACT (%)|
|1||Niu Valley Middle||75|
|3 (tie)||Moanalua Middle||67|
|3 (tie)||Mililani Middle||67|
|6 (tie)||Kawananakoa Middle||63|
|6 (tie)||Kailua Intermediate||63|
|6 (tie)||Waikoloa El & Middle||63|
Source: 2013-14 Strive HI Master Data File (.xlsx file)