Board Unanimously Approves ESSA Plan for Submission

June 21, 2017, 1:43 PM HST (Updated June 21, 2017, 1:47 PM)
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The Hawai‘i Board of Education unanimously approved the submission of the Hawaii Consolidated State Plan for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA Plan) to the U.S. Department of Education on Tuesday, June 21, 2017.

The plan will be submitted following a 30-day opportunity for Gov. David Ige to sign it.

“We appreciate the many meetings and valuable input that led up to today’s Board action,” said Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi. “This decision is one step forward in greatly helping our administrators who are now tasked with implementing the plan in time for the 2017-18 school year, which starts as early as two weeks for some of our schools.”

The ESSA Plan serves as Hawai‘i’s application for federal funds, providing resources for our schools to support students in achieving equity and excellence. The plan takes advantage of flexibility by leading with the state’s aspirations, goals and plans as described in the Governor’s Blueprint for Public Education and the joint Strategic Plan.

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In testimony submitted by Farrington-Kaiser-Kalani Complex Area administrators praised the process of developing the plan.

“Ongoing participation for input and feedback via surveys and face-to-face meetings were provided to learn more about the direction of our department,” the administrators said. “We understand that the ESSA plan aligns with our State Strategic Plan and provides overarching guidance while leaving discretion to the schools to determine customized priorities and needs of our community.”

Since January 2016, the Hawai‘i DOE sought input from educational communities to inform development of the ESSA Plan. Engagement included:

  • 230 meetings to share information and gather feedback with legislative leaders, the Hawai‘i State Teachers Association, school leaders, the Hawaii State Student Council, and more
  • 35 presentations and 450 pieces of testimony considered by the BOE
  • 458 online survey submissions providing feedback as part of a public comment period

In his letter of support for the ESSA Plan, Gov. Ige noted, “The past year has been unprecedented in the engagement of our statewide community in the development of our education blueprint, strategic plan, and state plan for ESSA. My heartfelt thanks goes out to all teachers, administrators, and community members who submitted testimony and provided input into this plan.”

For more information about the ESSA Plan, click here. Download the BOE presentation.

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