Latest public school test scores show college, career readiness

HONOLULU — The state Department of Education shared its 2018-19 Strive HI Performance System results Thursday during a state Board of Education meeting.

“The results show promising gains in college and career readiness among public school students,” a press release said.

Career and technical education completers are up 8 percentage points, and 500 more students graduated from high school on time, as compared with school year 2017-18.

“We have well-coordinated, effective strategies to ensure that students have improved access to college and career readiness and success, and our measurements in this area show the positive results of these efforts,” said state DOE Superintendent Dr. Christina M. Kishimoto.

“We have work that we need to continue to deliver on through our school design efforts to ensure equity of access to highly engaging, rigorous school models that will lead to the acceleration of results for all students,” she said.

Among schools that showed the highest year-over-year, percentage-point increase in graduation-rate improvement, Waimea High went to 90% in 2019 from 80% in 2018, the fourth-best improvement in the state.

Kohala High had the best improvement, rising to 89% from 75% during the same period.

Results on statewide assessments remained constant over the prior year, with a slight decrease in language arts/literacy and science scores.

The data also showed third-grade English language arts (ELA)/literacy performance gains — an increase of 2 percentage points from the year prior. Performance gains were stable for ELA/literacy in grades four, five and seven, and for math in grades three, four, five and seven.

The state also saw gains in inclusion rates, increasing 3 percentage points from last year.

HI was launched in school year 2012-13 as the state’s locally designed performance system that was a waiver from the federal No Child Left Behind law.

It includes multiple measures of school performance including proficiency in science, math and language arts/literacy; achievement gaps, chronic absenteeism; school climate; and graduation rates.

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