We already know how we did as a state on the Hawaii State Assessment. Now we get to learn how students in each grade at every school did.

The Hawaii Department of Education released the school-by-school assessment results Monday morning. It’s a huge spreadsheet and you can browse the data to your heart’s content. But for now a few highlights:


  • Eighty-four percent of third-graders at Lanikai Elementary — a charter school — exceeded reading benchmarks, the highest percentage for any grade in any school in the state. Fourth-graders at Momilani Elementary in Pearl City and third-graders at Mililani Ike Elementary were not far behind, with 79 percent and 77 percent scoring “exceeds,” respectively.

  • Another charter school, Kawaikini in Lihue, was also responsible for the highest percentage of students in one grade scoring “well below” proficiency in reading: 55 percent of fifth-graders. (The score are well below, approaches, meets and exceeds.)

  • The Aiea-Moanalua-Radford and Kailua-Kalaheo complex areas tied for the highest percentages of students “exceeding” the expectations for reading: 35 percent. Kaimuki-McKinley-Roosevelt was neck-and-neck, with 34 percent of its students scoring above the “exceeds” benchmark.

  • Of all 15 complex areas, the Nanakuli-Waianae area had the highest percentage of students performing “well below” proficiency benchmarks in reading for all grades, at 22 percent. Most other complex areas hovered between 7 and 12 percent. Charter schools, which for the purposes of this report are lumped together like a complex area, had 10 percent “well below.”


  • Eighth-graders at charter school Kua o ka La in Pahoa did the worst in math, with 77 percent scoring “well below” proficiency and none exceeding.

  • Sixth-graders at Enchanted Lake Elementary on the Windward side of Oahu outperformed all other schools in math, with 58 percent earning “exceeds” scores on the assessment.

  • In terms of complex areas, Kaimuki-McKinley-Roosevelt was the shining star in math, with 21 percent of complex area students earning “exceeds” scores.

  • The Nanakuli-Waianae area had the highest percentage of students scoring “well below” the benchmarks: 31 percent. The next lowest was Hana-Lahainaluna-Lanai-Molokai, at 25 percent.


  • Nearly all of the fourth-graders at Kula Kaiapuni O Anuenue, a Hawaiian Language Immersion Program school, fell “well below” the science benchmark: 92 percent. Three of the four bottom-performing schools in science were Hawaiian Language Immersion schools. The other was Olomana High and Intermediate, an alternative-education school for at-risk students.

  • Fourth-graders at Hahaione Elementary School in the Kaiser Complex had the highest “exceeds” rate of any group at any school on the science portion of the assessment: 38 percent.

  • Of all the complex areas, the Leilehua-Mililani-Waialua and Farrington-Kaiser-Kalani had the highest percentage of students “exceeding” the science benchmarks.

  • The Nanakuli-Waianae complex area had the highest percentage of students scoring “well below” on the science portion.

Again, there’s a lot of data in this document to mine. How did your school do, and what else would you like to learn from the school-by-school results?

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