Published Online: January 3, 2006

Hawaii's State Highlights

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Vital Statistics
Public schools 284
Public school teachers 11,129
Pre-K-12 students 183,609
Annual pre-K-12 expenditures $1.5 billion
Minority students 79.8%
Children in poverty 14%
Students with disabilities 12.3%
English-language learners 7%

Summary of Grades

Hawaii scores above the national average in one of the four graded categories of education policy in Quality Counts and below it in two areas. The state did not receive a grade in the fourth category, resource equity.

Hawaii scores above the national average in standards and accountability. The state does particularly well in the areas of standards and school accountability. For example, Hawaii sanctions all low-performing schools and provides them with assistance.

The state does not fare as well in teacher quality, largely because it scores poorly on indicators related to teacher education and qualifications. Hawaii does not require all high school or middle school teachers to obtain majors in the subjects they will teach in order to receive a beginning-teacher license. In addition, the state does not stipulate a minimum amount of time for student teaching.

Hawaii is slightly below the national average for the school climate category. The state scores well on some measures, particularly those related to class size and school facilities. However, a lower proportion of Hawaii’s students attend smaller schools than in the nation as a whole.

The state did not receive a grade for resource equity. Because Hawaii is a single-district state, it is not appropriate to measure district-level equity.

State Policy Report Card
Hawaii Avg. State Score
Standards and accountability B+ B-
Efforts to improve teacher quality C- C+
School climate C C+
Resource equity NA** C
Overall Grade C+ C+
Quality Counts Grading Breakdown
Standards and accountability Points awardedPoints possible
Standards 37.92 40
Assessment 22.5 30
School accountability 27 30
87 100
Efforts to improve teacher quality Points awardedPoints possible
Teacher education and qualifications 22.4 35
Teacher assessment 24 30
Professional support and training 15 20
Accountability for teacher quality 10.5 15
72 100
School climate Points awardedPoints possible
Engagement 11 15
School safety 15.75 20
Parent involvement 10.05 15
Choice and autonomy 15 20
Class size 9.55 10
School size 5 10
School facilities 10 10
76 100
Resource equity Points awardedPoints possible
Wealth-neutrality score -- 33.3
McLoone Index -- 33.3
Coefficient of variation -- 33.3
-- 100
**Hawaii is a single-district state, it is not appropriate to measure district-level equity.
Note: Details may not sum to totals due to rounding.

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