Hawaii: College and Career Policies

The Hawaii Teacher Standards Board oversees the Hawaii teacher certification process and dictates the requirements needed in order to become certified within the state.

Hawaii adopted Social Studies standards in 2005.

In order to become a certified teacher in Hawaii, an applicant must complete a state approved teacher preparation program and demonstrate basic skills.

Hawaii requires 4 credits of Social Studies for graduation.

The State Board of Education is be responsible for approving teacher education programs that meet the standards established by the Hawaii Teacher Standards Board.

The State Board of Education has full authority to adopt standards.

All Hawaii State Approved Teacher Education Units must obtain accreditation from a national teacher education governing body approved by the U.S. Department of Education and by Hawaii Teacher Standards Board.

The State Board shall determine the criteria that shall be considered for renewal of a license or permit.

Hawaii uses the Common Core Standards for English Language Arts.

Hawaii adopted content and performance standards for World Languages in 2005.

Hawaii requires 4 credits of English Language Arts to graduate.

The Hawaii State Assessments (HSA) in Reading and Mathematics are criterion-referenced assessments that are administered to students in grades 3 - 8 and 10. Criterion-referenced proficiency level scores are reported at the end of each school year and these scores are used to determine a school's Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP).

Hawaii Health standards were adopted in 2005.

Hawaii has additional requirements for graduation.

Hawaii has adopted Common Core standards for Mathematics.

There are no specific requirements except for submitting a renewal application before expiration.

Hawaii requires 3 credits of math to graduate.

Hawaii adopted fine arts standards in 2006.

The Hawaii State Assessments (HSA) in Reading and Mathematics are criterion-referenced assessments that are administered to students in grades 3 - 8 and 10. Criterion-referenced proficiency level scores are reported at the end of each school year and these scores are used to determine a school's Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP).

Hawaii adopted fine arts standards in 2006.

Hawaii adopted content and performance standards for Physical Education in 2005.

The Hawaii State Board of Education has full authority to adopt assessments.

Hawaii has not adopted any professional development standards.

The State Board of Education has authority over Career and Technical Education Standards, adopted in 2005.

Requires Department to develop and implement an evaluation system. The state board has the authority to delegate responsibilities as noted in its powers and duties.

Hawaii requires 3 credits of science courses to graduate.

In collaboration with educators, the Department developed the Educator Effectiveness System (EES), a comprehensive evaluation system that sets clear expectations for effective teaching, provides educators with quality feedback and support, and informs professional development. The Department devoted extraordinary resources to develop the EES, which was designed with best practices in mind. At its core, the EES is designed to help teachers succeed, thereby elevating their profession, and ultimately, public education in Hawaii. 50% of the annual evaluation is based on student performance measures.

The Hawaii State Assessments (HSA) are criterion-referenced assessments that are administered to students in grades 3 - 8 and 10. Criterion-referenced proficiency level scores are reported at the end of each school year and these scores are used to determine a school's Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP). Students in grades 4, and 8, and high school students enrolled in Biology I also take the HSA in Science. The Biology I assessment is an End-of-Course exam administered during the final three (3) weeks of the course.