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BOE Acknowledges DOE Performance

March 24, 2015, 11:46 AM HST
* Updated March 24, 11:48 AM
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The State of Hawai’i Department of Education is making “significant progress,” according to the recent Elementary and Secondary Education Action report, a feat that the United State Secretary of Education has praised as “a model for the rest of the country.”

In earning the acknowledgement from the ESEA report, the State of Hawai’i Board of education adopted a resolution of appreciation and acknowledgement on March 17, which gives staff members of the DOE praise for their performance.

“Hawai’i has come a long way in public education as a result of the professionalism of our teachers, exceptional leadership of our principals and community based area superintendents. The State’s Strategic Plan for Education that was collaboratively developed over four years ago has resulted in solid gains,” BOE Chairman Don Horner stated. “Today, we spend 94 percent of every public education dollar within the community at the school level and that investment is reflecting positive results in the classroom thanks to the dedication of our staff and students. We have much more work remaining and continued systemic improvements are needed, especially in staff and systems support. However, we should be proud of our collective achievements.”

The ESEA report and the College and Career Indicators Report released on Monday both show that students in Hawai’i are steadily making significant improvements.

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