HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The excitement surrounding the start of the academic year isn't reserved just for students.
"Creating or generating new relationships between home and school, I think is a great opportunity" said State Department of Education Deputy Superintendent Ronn Nozoe.
Nozoe, along with Superintendent Kathyrn Matayoshi, were eager to share information on the new Strive HI Performance System for the 2013-2014 academic school year. Strive HI replaces the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.
Nozoe says it's a far more precise tool for measuring how well a school performs.
"We have multiple measures now. It's akin to having a dashboard with more gauges on it. It's got multiple indicators on it".
Matayoshi adds that, while the way information is gathered, the end result is the same.
"All the evidence shows that students need to graduate and move on to either some kind of post-high school training, apprenticeship, or college" she added.
The Department of Education used information from the previous school year as the data to create a ranking of all the public schools in the state, but utilized Strive HI standards as the metric.
"Even something as simple as measuring whether students are in school not chronically absent is a factor, especially for younger children" said the Superintendent.
Strive HI put the schools into four different categories, from top performers to those needing the most improvement. While the grades for the schools differed, they all share a singular responsibility with each child's parents.
"If you want your kids to live and work and be successful in Hawaii, we need to get every one of our students to a high level of achievement and career and college readiness" said Nozoe.
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