In December 2018, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) informed Hawaii that its methodology to identify schools’ subgroups for Additional Targeted Support and Improvement (A-TSI) did not meet federal requirements. As a result, Hawaii will amend its Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Consolidated State Plan to meet federal requirements.
What is the ESSA federal
To meet the requirements of Section 1111(d)(2)(C), Hawaii must identify for A-TSI any school with any subgroup of students that, on its own, would be identified in the lowest-performing five (5) percent of Title I schools identified for Comprehensive Support and Improvement (CSI).
What is the current       methodology in Hawaii’s
approved ESSA Consolidated State Plan:
Hawaii’s Plan currently uses the lowest unit score of the lowest performing five (5) percent of Title I* schools identified for CSI** for each grade span as the threshold for the identification of schools’ subgroups for A-TSI.

*Title I schools have large concentrations of low-income students and are eligible for federal Title I funds to increase academic achievement for all students. In Hawaii, approximately 60-65 percent of schools are identified as Title I.

**CSI schools include those performing in the bottom five (5) percent of all Title I schools.
How proposed methodology meets ESSA federal requirements:
In order to meet ESSA federal requirements, Hawaii proposes to revise its methodology as follows:

Hawaii will annually identify schools with “consistently underperforming” subgroups, defined as subgroups with the lowest performing unit score, in the bottom 10 percent of all schools for two consecutive years (TSI-CU).

Once every three years, Hawaii will identify, for A-TSI, the TSI-CU schools whose consistently underperforming subgroup’s unit score is equal to or lower than the highest unit score of Title I schools identified for CSI.

Eleven (11) A-TSI schools were initially identified in Fall 2017. This proposed methodology is anticipated to impact the following:
  • The Hawaii Department of Education estimates between 10-30 schools could have subgroup(s) identified for A-TSI in Fall 2020.
  • Schools identified as A-TSI in Fall 2017 will be eligible to be identified as a new CSI school in Fall 2020 if a school is identified in the lowest-performing five (5) percent of Title I schools or if a school’s graduation rate falls below 67 percent.
  • Schools identified as A-TSI in Fall 2017 will be eligible to be re-identified as A-TSI in Fall 2020 if they meet the identification criteria (see proposed methodology above).

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* 1. Hawaii’s proposed methodology meets federal requirements.

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* 2. Please describe any concerns with or suggestions for the proposed methodology.

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* 3. Please describe any other concerns or suggestions regarding the proposed methodology, its impact, or its implementation (e.g., when schools are identified, communication to schools and stakeholders, monitoring of individual school plans and funding).