Have an idea for how to improve public education in Hawaii?
The Department of Education is asking for public input as it undergoes a review of its multi-year strategic plan — a document that lays out goals for public education in Hawaii.
So far more than 700 people have completed the DOE-supported online survey, which is being conducted by the nonprofit Hope Street Group. Others are submitting posts weighing in on everything from classroom conditions to early childhood education and class sizes.
The strategic plan review coincides with state and national changes that could have a real impact on local classrooms.
Late last year federal lawmakers voted to replace the much-loathed No Child Left Behind Act with a new law, dubbed the Every Student Succeeds Act, aimed at giving more autonomy and flexibility back to state and local school districts.
The biggest change in Hawaii so far under the new federal law has been in teacher evaluations. The Board of Education decided last week that it would no longer require student test scores be used to measure teacher effectiveness.
The evaluation system has been a big source of contention among teachers. So much so that current HSTA leadership campaigned, at least in part, on getting rid of the EES altogether.
The deadline for members of the public to submit comments through the DOE survey is May 31.
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