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Common Core State Standards

HiDOE has deployed the Common Core State Standards, new academic standards that have been adopted by 45 states in the nation, the District of Columbia, four territories, and the Department of Defense Education Activity. Developed by states through the input of educators, parents, and district and community leaders among other experts, the standards focus on English Language Arts and Math and emphasize real-world skills such as logic, synthesis, and application of concepts to prepare learners for college and career. The mission statement of the Common Core State Standards Initiative describes the standards succinctly:

“The Common Core State Standards provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them. The standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers. With American students fully prepared for the future, our communities will be best positioned to compete successfully in the global economy.”

Importantly, these standards also measurably improve the relevancy of educational markers from state to state. The Hawaii Department of Education began implementing the Common Core in school year 2012-13 in grades K-2 and 11-12, with implementation in all grade levels in 2013-2014. Teachers are working along with principals and HiDOE leadership to design educational tools and practices that best deliver on these standards.