Aloha Waimalu Ohana,
On September 19, 2017, the Department of Education released the results of the standardized test scores of all Hawaii public schools. In Hawaii, our students take the Smarter Balanced Assessment. Statewide and for all grade levels (3-6, 8, 11) scores were relatively flat in both English/Language Arts (51%) and Math (42%), and slightly higher in Science (46%).
Here at Waimalu, I am proud to say that our students did better than the state average in all areas - 60% of our students were proficient in ELA, 51% in Math, and 62% in Science. We also made great strides in attendance, with 10% of our students missing 15 or more school days (at which point they are considered “chronically absent”).
The DOE’s accountability system, known as “Strive HI”, previously would index, and rank schools based on their test scores and other performance indicators. As we transition to a new accountability system, there are no school rankings or status designations.
I have enclosed a copy of our Strive HI report in this bulletin. If you would like to see the reports of other schools in the state, they are available online at hawaiipublicschools.org.
We are proud of all our students and what they have accomplished! I would also like to acknowledge the good work our teachers and staff do to make sure that our students are well prepared for all of life’s challenges. While we have done well, we are always striving to do better.
Glen Iwamoto, Principal