State Kindergarten-Through-Third-Grade Policies: State Profile

State Kindergarten-Through-Third-Grade Policies: State Profile - Hawaii

June 2018


This information was collected from state statutes, rules and regulations. A profile was sent to each state for review and modification, as needed.
 


Kindergarten Requirements
What is the compulsory school age? Age 5 on or before July 31 Haw. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 302A-1132
What is the state's kindergarten entrance age? Age 5 on or before July 31 Haw. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 302A-411
What age exemptions or waivers exist for kindergarten entrance? Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
Does the state require children to attend kindergarten? Yes Haw. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 302A-411 (West)
Does the state require the district to offer kindergarten and if so, full or half day? What exemptions exist for districts? Yes — Full-Day Haw. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 302A-411
How many hours are required for grades K-3? 1080 hours per year for elementary and secondary grades. Haw. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 302A-251
Teacher Quality
What are the teacher-to-student ratio requirements for grade K-3? Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
What are the requirements for teacher training and professional development in reading? Teacher preparation: Educator preparation programs must provide evidence that their candidates are prepared to incorporate teaching of reading and working with students with reading difficulties into their practice. Haw. Code R. 8-54-19
What are the requirements for teacher training and professional development in math? Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
Does the state have an early learning endorsement or license specific to K-3? Not specified in statute, rules or regulations. Haw. Code R. 8-54-9.1 et. seq.
School Readiness and Transitions
Are kindergarten entrance assessments required? Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
What are states required to do with the results of the KEA? Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
Are there programs in place to guide the pre-kindergarten to kindergarten transition process? Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
Does the state have a statutory definition of school readiness? What do states use their definition of school readiness to inform? Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
Assessment, Intervention and Retention
Are assessments required in grades K-3? Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
What do the results of K-3 assessments inform? Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
Are there interventions available beginning in kindergarten? What are the interventions available for students in grades K-3? Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
Is there a third grade retention policy? Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
Family Engagement
For those states with pre-kindergarten to kindergarten transition guidance, is family engagement a requirement? Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
For those states with third grade retention policies, is parental input required? Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
Social-Emotional Learning
Where is social-emotional development emphasized in statute? Social-emotional development is included in the kindergarten readiness assessment. Haw. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 302L-7 

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