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deSilva Elementary honored for ‘Recognition’ status


The state Department of Education is awarding $230,000 to 15 elementary schools that demonstrated significant success or improvements in the 2013-14 school year.

The schools reached “Recognition” status in the DOE’s Strive HI Performance System, meaning their performance placed them among the top five percent of schools in the state.

Fourteen schools received $15,000 each for High Performance; and Kaelepulu Elementary in Kailua, Oahu was awarded $20,000 for High Performance and High Progress.

The 15 schools winning Strive HI awards are:

E.B. DeSilva Elementary
Enchanted Lake Elementary
Hahaione Elementary
Helemano Elementary
Hickam Elementary
Hokulani Elementary
Kaelepulu Elementary
Kaumualii Elementary
Kilohana Elementary
Maunaloa Elementary
Mokapu Elementary
Noelani Elementary
Pomaikai Elementary
Puohala Elementary
Waikiki Elementary

This year’s list features schools from five different islands, including two from the Friendly Isle of Molokai – first-time recipient Kilohana and 2013 awardee, Maunaloa.

Hawaii Island is represented by 2014 National Blue Ribbon School and previous Strive HI award recipient, E.B. DeSilva of Hilo.

First-time Strive HI winners include King Kaumualii on the Garden Island of Kauai and Pomaikai from Kahului, Maui.

“We are particularly excited to acknowledge this year’s Recognition Schools,” said Deputy Superintendent Ronn Nozoe. “Their success demonstrates what’s possible when an entire school community works together toward a common goal of student success. I congratulate all of the administrators, teachers, students and parents in these schools for their dedication and commitment to success.”

The Strive HI Performance System was introduced by the DOE in the 2012-13 school year as its school accountability and improvement system.

Schools are measured on a variety of performance metrics such as student achievement, growth, chronic absenteeism, and other key success indicators – with a focus on college- and career-readiness.

Award funds must support initiatives to sustain success aligned with their school academic plans, such as professional development, investments in technology, musical instruments, science lab equipment and other improvement strategies.

“Recognition” schools are limited to no more than five percent of all Hawaii public schools.

High-performing school criteria:

* Meet or exceed annual targets for all student groups.

* Graduation rates in top 10 percent of all high schools.

* Current year achievement gap rate less than 30 percent.

High-progress school criteria:

* Increases of 15 percent or higher of all students’ proficiency over three years.

* Highest increases in grad rates (top 10 percent of schools with increase of 10 percent over three years).

* Reduction of achievement gap rate between high-needs and non-high needs students by 10 percent or more over three years.

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