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K-12 Education in Hawaii
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Education facts
State Superintendent: Kathryn Matayoshi
Number of students: 182,706[1]
Number of teachers: 11,458
Teacher/pupil ratio: 1:15.9
Number of school districts: 1
Number of schools: 287
Graduation rate: 82%[2]
Per-pupil spending: $12,004[3]
See also
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Hawaii is home to 287 schools and 182,706 K-12 students.[4]

Quick facts

State school administrators

  • State Board of Education
    • Donald G. Horner, Chairperson
    • Brian J. De Lima, Vice Chairperson
    • Grant Y.M. Chun
    • Keith Amemiya
    • Cheryl Ka'uhane Lupenui
    • Patricia Halagao
    • Nancy Jo Yamakawa Budd
    • Jim Williams
    • Amy Asselbaye


See also: Demographic information for all students in all 50 states

The following table displays the ethnic distribution of students in Hawaii as reported in the National Center for Education Statistics Common Core of Data for 2011-2012.[5]

Demographic Information for Hawaii's K-12 Public School System
Ethnicity Students State Percentage United States Percentage**
American Indian 970 0.53% 1.10%
Asian 62,521 34.22% 4.68%
African American 4,387 2.4% 15.68%
Hawaiian Nat./Pacific Isl. Students 61,959 33.91% 0.42%
Hispanic 11,758 6.44% 24.37%
White 26,081 14.27% 51.21%
Two or More 15,030 8.23% 2.54%
**Note: This is the percentage of all students in the United States that are reported to be of this ethnicity.

In the news

Hawaii State Teacher Fellows

In mid-2014, the Hawaii State Department of Education announced the selection of 17 public school educators to serve on the Hope Street Group’s inaugural Hawaii State Teacher Fellows. The move is considered an important one, since they, along with the Department of Education and the Hawaii State Teachers Association (HSTA), will be considering the management regarding Hawaii's Common Core implementation. The fellows were chosen from a competitive field of candidates, and represent a variety of "outstanding" teachers in the state. Their role is to engage with the community, through data collection and media strategies. “The development of the Hawaii State Teacher Fellows is a tremendous step toward our shared commitment to engage teachers at every level,” said Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi. “This collaborative program will reinforce our strategic work toward student and staff success in our schools. We’re grateful to our partners for their commitment and support in this effort.” The fellows will serve for the next year and have the option of continuing their service for subsequent school years.[6]

State law

Common Core

Common Core, or the Common Core State Standards Initiative, is an American education initiative that outlines quantifiable benchmarks in English and mathematics at each grade level from kindergarten through high school. The Hawaii State Department of Education adopted these standards on June 18, 2010. During the 2012-2013 school year, the standards were implemented in grades K-2 and 11-12, and during the 2013-2014 school year, they were fully implemented across all grades.[7][8]

School board composition

Hawaii has one school district, the Hawaii State Department of Education. The nine members on the board are appointed by the governor. There are no publicly elected members on the board. They serve three-year terms.[9]

School board elections

Upcoming elections

See also: Hawaii school board elections, 2015

The only school district in Hawaii is the Hawaii State Department of Education, which does not have elected school board members.

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