Nestled somewhere on the web, is a beautifully laid out newsletter from the Hawaii Department of Education. I found it by accident using Google's special filters. The Superintendent's Education Update
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.
Congratulations to the following Niu Valley Middle School Students for their winning entries in the 2015 Hawaii Herald New Year's (nengajo) Year of the Sheep art contest: [view art here]
- Reina Kim
- Rachel Gorham
- Joshua Park
- Jade Unabia
- Eui Jin (May) Song
- Tryphena Hsu
- Charles Gambino
- Shunjiro Horikawa
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.
Read more at Midweek
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|