Accountable for Results

Possibly the best way to improve public schools in Hawaii is to set goals around student achievement and to hold administrators, teachers and principals accountable for results. Here are three report cards on what is being done about accountability in public education.

Report Card: School Administrators

  • Are sweeping changes in Department of Education’s leadership enough to fix Hawaii’s schools?
  • New three-part strategy emphasizes student achievement first, followed by improved support and IT systems, and better training/accountability/HR.

Report Card: Hawaii Teachers

  • New contract says teachers must be rated as “effective” or better to get pay raises
  • A rating of “unsatisfactory” can get you fired

Report Card: DOE Principals

  • The most important person at a school is evaluated yearly on test scores, creating a good “school culture” and other factors
  • Principals say success depends on building a strong team and creating support within the community

Want to Learn More?

Each May, Hawaii Business and its sister magazine, HONOLULU, report on Hawaii’s public schools. Included in that coverage is HONOLULU’s annual ranking of Hawaii’s public schools.

Go to for links to both magazines’ recent coverage. That page also links to a DOE site that ranks Hawaii public schools according to federal No Child Left Behind criteria.



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