University of Hawai‘i (UH) recently announced a three-year pilot program in which Smarter Balanced assessment scores of Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE) 11th grade students can be used to enroll directly into entry-level college courses at all of its 10 campuses starting in Fall 2016. While there are other measures of placement for students into gateway courses, this new agreement between UH and HIDOE further strengthens the alignment between high school and post-secondary education.
Students can score at four different levels of achievement on the Smarter Balanced assessment. Placement into various entry-level English and Math courses at UH depends on a student’s level of achievement. Scores are valid for placement for 24 months, and the pilot program applies to the graduating classes of 2016, 2017 and 2018.
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The Core to College Grant is funding Waipahu High School’s Going Green Project. This project, which is part of Waipahu’s Kawahakui Hale ‘iwa Lo ‘I Hui, is an interdisciplinary, community based project that is based, in part, on Hawai‘i Common Core Standards. The mission of the hui is to teach and perpetuate the concepts of Malama ‘Aina (Caring for the Earth, Stewardship of Creation), along with sharing and preserving traditional Hawaiian cultural values within the community and the world. To reach these ends, students who are a part of this project will learn about water conservation, hydro-engineering, and natural water rights.
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