Aloha Waimalu Ohana,
In early October, the state Board of Education (BOE) released each school’s Smarter Balanced Assessments results, and other measures of school growth that make up what is known as our Strive HI report.
All students in grades 3-6 take the Smarter Balanced Assessment in reading and math, and all fourth graders take the Hawaii State Assessment in science. 52% of our students were proficient in Language Arts, 42% were proficient in math, and 43% of our fourth graders were proficient in science.
Although our scores were down from last school year, with the exception of science, Waimalu Elementary students compare favorably to the rest of the state. In addition, 90% of our third graders read near, at or above grade level. 64% of our students that are learning English are on target to English language proficiency, and our rate of chronic absenteeism (students absent 15 or more days in a school year) decreased from 15% in 2017-18 to 10% last school year. The full report is attached to this newsletter.
Our goal is that all of our students will make gains and show growth over the previous year. To this end, we try to personalize instruction through targeted instruction in reading and math. We do this through instructional programs like i-Ready, and through our intervention blocks.
Over the past two years, we have also focused on meeting the social and emotional needs of our students. Our Choose Love program has helped not just our students, but our staff to be more aware of the feelings of others, and to have the courage to be grateful, forgiving, and compassionate.
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to stop by. If I am unavailable, our school secretary Ms. Kacie Kurisu can assist you.
Glen Iwamoto, Principal