Hawaii's public schools bridge gap on national report card
December 2, 2011
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii -- The National Center for Education Statistics recently released results of the annual National Assessment of Educational Progress, or NAEP.
The NAEP, also referred to as "the nation's report card," was administered in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and at Department of Defense Schools between January-March 2011.
Students in grades 4 and 8 are randomly selected to take the assessment.
According to the National Center for Education Statistics website, "Typically, 30 students per grade per subject are selected randomly in each school."
Students who are selected may be classified as English language learners, or ELL, or as students with disabilities, or SD.
The final report of the Nation's Report Card states that "Hawaii is the only state to improve in both subjects and at both grade (levels)."
"Hawaii's fourth-and eighth-graders have steadily narrowed the achievement gap with their peers across the nation. In mathematics, our fourth-graders have fully bridged the gap," said Kathryn Matayoshi, superintendent, Hawaii Department of Education.
However, Matayoshi acknowledges that there is still work to be done. Patricia Park, complex area superintendent, Central-North Complex, agrees.
"With the adoption and implementation of the Common Core Standards, emphasis on college and career readiness, and support for more advanced placement, or AP, courses at our military-impacted high schools, parents and students can expect a more rigorous curriculum from our public schools," she said.
School administrators and teachers have a steadfast commitment to improving the quality of education for all Hawaii public school students.
Recently, Leilehua, Radford, Campbell and Kapolei high schools received grants to expand access to AP math and science courses for military-connected students.
A special celebration was held at Leilehua High School, Nov. 10, to commemorate the expansion of the Initiative of Military Families, or IMF, a nonprofit organization committed to raising math and science achievement in the U.S.
Public schools in Hawaii have already started implementing the Common Core curriculum. Students can expect to take the Common Core Standardized test in school year 2014-2015.
"There will be more project-based learning, performance assessments and more use of technology as a learning tool in the classrooms," Park said. "It's important to say that learning will no longer only take place within the four walls (of a classroom) but globally and internationally. In addition, parents will be playing an even greater role in partnering with the schools in their child's learning."
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