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‘Race to the Top' report shows improvement in island schools

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

A two-year report by the Hawaii Department of Education that was released on Wednesday shows that the state has made "significant" progress in several of its Race to the Top goals.

"The significant strides in this Hawaii Race to the Top report reflect the extraordinary accomplishments of our educators and their commitment to prepare graduates for college or careers," said Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi. "A newly revised Board of Education/DOE strategic plan has fully aligned our efforts to transform Hawaii's public education system. Teachers, administrators and community partners are working hard on this transformation and we are seeing widespread success."

The report shows that Hawaii was the only state that demonstrated significant reading and math gains by fourth and eighth graders in the 2011 National Assessment of Educational Progress, according to the State Department of Education.

"Our reform efforts are making a positive difference in our schools, and we are pleased with our progress," added Stephen Schatz, assistant superintendent for the DOE Office of Strategic Reform. "The two-year report provides a snapshot of the exciting gains being made in our reform plan."

To read or download a copy of Hawaii's two-year RTTT report, please visit www.hawaiidoereform.org and click on the "reports" tab.

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