Web site made to improve student performance

A recently launched Web site dedicated to academic improvement uses student achievement data and interactive analysis tools to help educators, parents, policy makers, and community members raise student performance in Hawaii’s public schools.

The Just for the Kids-Hawaii Web site — www.just4kids.org — went live this week following a press conference at Dole Middle School in Honolulu, where key features of the site were unveiled.Key features of the Just for the Kids-Hawaii Web site include:

• Opportunity Gap Bar Charts n Grade level and subject specific charts that show where a school is academically and where it can go by looking to the level of achievement at top comparable schools.

• Top Comparable Schools Tables n Helps users to identify schools that are similar to theirs and that are doing better in various subject areas.

• Multi-Year Summary Charts n Shows a school’s progress from year-to-year.

• Best Practice Framework n Interactive links on a common best practice framework allows users to study results found in higher-performing school districts, schools and classrooms.

• Self-Audit n Web-based group self-audits are available to help educators and community members compare the practices at their schools to higher-performing schools and set common priorities for student or school improvement.

“The quality of Hawaii’s public schools affects all of us. Just for the Kids-Hawaii is a tool that everyone can use — educators, parents and community members — to build higher-performing schools that will increase opportunities for all Hawaii public school students,” said Carl Takamura, executive director of the Hawaii Business Roundtable.

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