U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan this morning called Gov. Neil Abercrombie and Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi to congratulate Hawaii on its continued growth in mathematics and reading scores. The results were noted by the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) "The Nation's Report Card" spring 2013 state-by-state results. In addition to Hawaii's continued progress, the report shows -- for the first time -- the state's fourth graders scored above the national average in math.
Hawaii's fourth- and eighth-graders have steadily narrowed the achievement gap with their peers across the nation. In 2011, Hawaii was the only state that statistically demonstrated significant improvement in both reading and mathematics at both the fourth and eighth grades. Now, in 2013, Hawaii's students made significant gains in grades 4 and 8 in mathematics and grade 8 reading.
View the DOE's press release for detailed results.
Gov. Abercrombie stated:
"Secretary Duncan called to congratulate Hawaii and commend the extraordinary work of our teachers and principals, who are putting our students on the path to success.
"Secretary Duncan emphasized that Hawaii's results are very encouraging, continue to improve in nearly every area, and have built on growth from previous years by investing in raising standards and focusing on schools that need the most support.
"Under the leadership of Hawaii's Board of Education and Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi, Hawaii's Race to the Top initiative was the catalyst to transform Hawaii's public education system. The improvements in practice and strategy over the last few years are paving the way for measurable, long-term benefits for our students.
"Hawaii has a unique education system with a single school board, superintendent and department for the entire state. We are able to focus our policy and programs, which are directly benefitting our students -- and we are succeeding.
"I sincerely thank all of the teachers, principals and support staff in our schools, who are working tirelessly to prepare our keiki for success in today's global economy."