Department of Education asks for public input to improve schools

Student success is at the core of the Department of Education and Board of Education (DOE/BOE) Strategic Plan, which sets targets for progress tied to three goals. In 2016,the DOE/BOE is embarking on a review and extension of the plan.

The Strategic Plan was last updated in 2012. “In the past few years, we’ve experienced great progress in our public school system and schools, and learned many lessons on what can be improved. Also, the recent passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act, a federal education law that replaced No Child Left Behind, provides opportunity for more state flexibility,” explains Christopher Rodriguez, a teacher at Waipahu Elementary.

The Board of Education and Hawaii State Department of Education plan on incorporating lessons learned and feedback from the public to adjust plans for 2017 through 2020, to improve student outcomes and to take advantage of new federal flexibility. The Strategic Plan focuses on three goals:

  1. Student Success: All students demonstrate they are on a path toward success in college, career and citizenship.
  2. Staff Success: The Department has a high-performing culture where employees have the training, support and professional development to contribute effectively to student success.
  3. Successful Systems of Support: The system and culture of the Department work to effectively organize financial, human, and community resources in support of student success.

The Board of Education monitors the Department’s progress on the measures of the plan through its aligned committees (Student Achievement, Human Resources, Finance and Infrastructure.)

HIDOE asks the public to get involved in offering feedback on the DOE/BOE joint Strategic Plan. “It is crucial we get as much feedback as possible as we review/ extend the plan to ensure we are addressing everyone’s concerns and needs,” says

There are a variety of ways to get involved including:

  • Take the survey (through May 31) at the Strategic Plan community conversation blog, where you can also leave a post with ideas for students and schools:
  • Email input directly to, or mail to Office of Strategy, Innovation and Performance, P.O. Box 2360, Honolulu, HI, 96804.
  • The DOE is providing monthly Strategic Plan progress updates to the BOE. The public is invited to submit testimony to the Board when it is on the agenda.
  • Join the conversation on social media with #HIQualityEd.

Alana Thomas, a senior at Castle High, urges not just adults but students to offer their thoughts. “While these changes will impact a lot of people, it is the students who will be affected the most. We have a chance to offer feedback on what we want from our education experience and I hope my fellow students take advantage of this opportunity. It’s exciting; we have an opportunity to really make a difference in how our classmates and future generations will learn in Hawaii’s public schools.”

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