DOE: New ‘Strive HI’ system ranks Hawaii schools

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A two-time nationally recognized blue ribbon school, Hokulani Elementary, is celebrating because they are ranked amongst the top 5% of Hawaii schools.

“We had a great party, we had an assembly with the kids and the teachers to recognize the school for their achievement,” Hokulani Elementary School technology teacher Marcus Pottenger said.

The Strive HI performance system evaluates Hawaii’s public and charter schools. this new system replaces the federal No Child Left Behind law and analyzes student achievement and growth in reading, math, science, graduation rates and attendance.

Schools can earn up to a total of 400 points sitting at the top of the list are Manoa Elementary, Hickam Elementary and Hokulani which comes in seventh.

“So they are looking at the different facets rather than all of our achievements on one single test.  Of course the biggest measure would be the student work in the classroom which is very difficult to capture,” Hokulani Elementary School principal Holly Kiyonaga said.

Of the 285 Hawaii schools 14 met the highest recognition standards for growth and achievement, 228 showed continuous improvement, 29 need more focus because of low achievement scores and 14 schools are slated for priority and/or intervention to assist with persistently low scores.

“I think it is better because we are working with each individual student who comes at different levels and we want to see how the work of the school has helped to move them forward,” Kiyonaga said.

Some of the state’s lowest performing schools also showed growth, both the on-time graduation rate and college enrollment rate rose.

“Keep pushing our students, keep reflecting on our practices as well as having systems in place at this school that supports students,” Kiyonaga said.

“We have very good teachers who are dedicated to the kids and that’s something to celebrate,” Pottenger said.

To see if your school made the grade, click here.

Department of Education

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