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​U.S. Department of Education announces final approval of Hawaii ESSA plan
By News Release @ 2:32 PM :: 4099 Views :: Education K-12

Federal officials shared the authorization of the plan during a call with HIDOE leadership this morning. -- Photo Credit: Department of Education

U.S. Department of Education announces final approval of Hawaii’s ESSA plan

News Release from Hawaii DoE, 19-Jan-2018

The Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE) received approval from the U.S. Department of Education (USED) of its state plan for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Federal officials shared the authorization of the plan during a call with HIDOE leadership this morning.

"The goals and measures of success outlined in our approved state plan shows Hawaii's continued commitment to providing equitable access to quality education, and empowers our educators to innovate and design schools that meet the needs of their communities," said Hawaii State Department of Education Superintendent Dr. Christina Kishimoto. "This plan is a reflection of the voices of our students, teachers, parents, administrators and community partners that worked together to offer their recommendations on the direction of public education in Hawaii."

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos also signed off on plans today for Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Montana and New Hampshire.

"I am pleased to approve these plans which comply with the requirements of the law," said Secretary DeVos. "I encourage states to use their plans as a starting point, rather than a finish line, to improve outcomes for all students."

The Hawaii ESSA plan is designed to support HIDOE's Strategic Plan objectives, which provides common direction for public schools to empower students in their learning. The following are highlights from the plan shared by the USED:

  • Uses the state's Board of Education and Department of Education Strategic Plan and Blueprint for Public Education as the foundation, which allows Hawaii to lead with its own vision of what public education should look like in a multicultural island state.
  • Measures student success (dilutes failing test scores--Editor) with 14 indicators including chronic absenteeism, inclusion rate, teacher retention, facility repair and maintenance backlog, and family engagement.
  • Continues the efforts and commitment to strengthen School Design, Student Voice, and Teacher Collaboration.

"Today's approval is good news for Hawaii. We're moving ahead to better prepare our students to be competitive in today's global innovation economy," added Governor David Ige.

ESSA is a reauthorization of the federal education law known as the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. It replaces the prior reauthorization, most commonly known as No Child Left Behind Act. For more information, click here, to read the approved state plan, click here.   

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