Students and Teachers are Racing to Top

Courtesy of Chad Farias

In December 2010, the Hawaii Department of Education embarked on an ambitious journey to improve schools for all of our keiki. Now, just two years later, I can proudly say that the schools in the Ka'u Kea'au Pahoa Complex Area, including Kea`au Elementary School, where I am principal, are seeing results.

The strategic planning and extra resources from Hawaii’s Race to the Top grant played a critical role in helping us add more time for student learning and refocus the school culture on student data and ongoing feedback. In just 24 months, our students’ math and reading scores have jumped. The challenges that were presented to us have been great, but everyone from the administrative team to the classroom teachers are working with a renewed mission to do better.

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