Fed DOE endorses Hawaii's guidelines
May 24, 2013
'Strive HI' replaces components of federal NCLB requirements
HONOLULU (May 24, 2013) -- The Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE) is pleased to announce it has received federal approval for a new Strive HI Performance System designed to ensure all students graduate college- and career-ready.
The redesigned school accountability and improvement system approved by the U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) replaces many of the requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) with multiple measures of success to meet the needs of Hawaii's students, educators and schools.
"Approval to move forward with the Strive HI Performance System validates our strategic direction and allows us to build on Hawaii's successes," stated Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi. "With the new system, we are more focused on college- and career-readiness, rewarding high-performing schools and customizing support to students, educators and schools with strategies proven in the Zones of School Innovation (ZSI)."
After winning a Race to the Top grant in 2010, HIDOE established two ZSI that targeted support for struggling schools in rural or remote, hard-to-staff areas serving the largest population of native Hawaiian and economically-disadvantaged students in the state.
The Strive HI Performance System is a culmination of work by Hawaii educators, parents, community groups and higher education. It replaces NCLB's most ineffective and outdated components with meaningful benchmarks aligned with goals of the HIDOE/Board of Education State Strategic Plan.
HIDOE will work closely with Complex Area Superintendents and principals this summer to ensure school leaders and educators are positioned for successful implementation of the Strive HI Performance System in the coming school year.
"We are proud of the work happening at every level of Hawaii's public education system to prepare students for real-world demands and provide better data, tools and support to students, educators and schools," said Deputy Superintendent Ronn Nozoe. "Now, with the approval of the Strive HI Performance System, we've unlocked the potential of all these efforts to work together in a coherent way to support success."
HIDOE will host a webinar from 9-10 a.m., May 28, to provide more information about the new system. Register now, with event password "striveHI."