Hawaii Schools’ goals get ‘C’ grade

Mary Vorsino:

Reading and math learning goals for Hawaii public schools are “mediocre” and “often vague,” says a new national report that gives the state a “C” for its educational standards.
But the report points out that when Hawaii adopts common national standards in the 2011 school year, its standards will improve. The report gives the national standards a B-plus for English and an A-minus for math.
“Hawaii has raised the bar by adopting the common core,” said Michael Petrilli, vice president for national programs and policy at the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, which was scheduled to release its standards report today. “There are going to be much higher expectations.”
The state Department of Education said yesterday it agreed with the report’s findings.