Hawaii State Department of Education Deputy Superintendent Ronn Nozoe shared Hawaii’s successful improvement efforts at schools participating in the School Improvement Grant (SIG) program with state education leaders during the U.S. Department of Education Symposium, School Turnaround: Building and Sustaining Success, which was held in Washington, D.C., August 20-21.
Hawaii public schools supported by federal School Improvement Grants (SIG) are celebrating overall gains or sustained results in reading and math proficiency on the 2012 Hawaii State Assessment. SIG targets additional support for schools that need the most improvement. This year’s results are particularly noteworthy with five of Hawaii’s seven SIG schools making Adequate Yearly Progress under the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) law.
The schools are Hauula Elementary, Hilo Intermediate, Kau High & Pahala Elementary, Keonepoko Elementary, and Naalehu Elementary.
“I commend our principals, teachers, staff, parents, and students for boldly embracing and successfully undertaking the demanding and rewarding work of school turnarounds,” said Nozoe. “This year’s test scores and Adequate Yearly Progress results are early indicators that Hawaii’s innovative reforms are gaining traction and creating better learning environments for improved student achievement.”
Mary Correa, complex area superintendent for Kau-Keaau-Pahoa, said, “School improvement grants played an important role in transformation efforts occurring in our complex area schools. We are seeing positive results and groundbreaking changes that are real, substantive, and sustainable in the Zones of School Innovation.”
At the national symposium, Nozoe highlighted Hawaii’s SIG success and engaged in strategic conversations about how state educational agencies can effectively implement and sustain school turnaround efforts.
The U.S. DOE has provided over $4 billion to fund School Improvement Grants to more than 1,300 schools across the country. To date, Hawaii has received approximately $14.4 million in SIG funding distributed among seven public schools with the highest need and commitment to use funds to substantially raise the achievement of students.