Restructuring Becoming A Model For Hawaii Schools

A transformation process formerly reserved as correction for the nation's lowest-performing schools may soon become a model for school reform in Hawaii.

This year, 91 schools in Hawaii are undergoing "restructuring," which is the fifth and highest level of state intervention under the federal No Child Left Behind law. For a school to arrive at the status, it must have consistently missed federal student achievement targets, called Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP), for several years in a row.

Historically, restructuring has been synonymous with school failure, but now the U.S. Department of Education and Hawaii Department of Education are beginning to expand the principles of restructuring to other schools. Some of those principles are included in Hawaii's strategic education plan, outlined in the state's Race to the Top application.

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