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Stephen Schatz

The public schools’ assistant superintendent of strategic reform says Hawaii is making progress

By Vicki Viotti

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Mar 23, 2012

~~<p>Stephen Schatz' twin sons will be entering kindergarten this fall &mdash; &quot;public school kindergarten,&quot; he affirmed &mdash; so the stake he has in the progress of Race to the Top reforms is a personal as well as professional one. And those results might not be fully measured for several years.</p>
<p>&quot;We have to look at short-term and long-term indicators of success,&quot; said the state Department of Education's assistant superintendent of strategic reform, whose chief job currently is oversight of the federally funded Race initiative. &quot;Obviously we look at our student achievement results, but we also want to look at things like our ninth-grade failure rate &hellip; how many of our kids are going to college, and, of those kids, how many are actually enrolling in college-level courses and how many need to take remedial courses.&quot;</p>
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Stephen Schatz' twin sons will be entering kindergarten this fall — "public school kindergarten," he affirmed — so the stake he has in the progress of Race to the Top reforms is a personal as well as professional one. And those results might not be fully measured for several years.

"We have to look at short-term and long-term indicators of success," said the state Department of Education's assistant superintendent of strategic reform, whose chief job currently is oversight of the federally funded Race initiative. "Obviously we look at our student achievement results, but we also want to look at things like our ninth-grade failure rate … how many of our kids are going to college, and, of those kids, how many are actually enrolling in college-level courses and how many need to take remedial courses." Login for more...



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