The U.S. Department of Education (U.S. DOE) reported today that Hawaii has retained its $75 million Race to the Top grant, following an on-site visit by the federal review team in March. During the visit, Hawaii presented evidence of progress on its Race to the Top plan implementation. The U. S. DOE had announced the Grant was in jeopardy, and sent a team to review the issues, including concern over slow implementation of the program.
Hawaii’s Race to the Top program includes:
-Raise overall student achievement
-Ensure college and career readiness
-Increase higher education enrollment and success rates
-Closing achievement grants
-Increase profiency in science, technology, and math (STEM)
Along with the positive news that Hawaii is maintaining its Race to the Top grant, fiscal sanctions imposed last year will be lifted as of June 1. This action allows Hawaii to spend Race to the Top grant money to achieve its approved plan with more freedom and efficiency.
“The U.S. DOE has acknowledged Hawaii has taken steps in the right direction, and we will continue to move forward on all of our deliverables,” said Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi. “A transformational change is taking place in Hawaii’s public schools. This change is focused on creating a better learning environment to boost student achievement.”
Matayoshi says the Hawaii State Department of Education will continue to work closely with federal officials to reform Hawaii’s public education system and move the state into good standing.