Hawaii’s New Accountability and Improvement System Puts Niu Valley Middle Atop ALL Secondary Schools
By Mr. Justin Mew on August 24, 2013
With an Index Score of 324, Niu Valley Middle School was ranked above all Hawaii secondary schools (middle, intermediate and high schools) in the Strive HI step, "Continuous Improvement." The lowest Index Score in the top 5% "Recognition" step was 327. However, it was other factors that would have kept us in the current step. Kaiser Complex Elementary Schools Hahaione El and Kamiloiki El had Index Scores that were considerably higher than 327, but were placed in our step due to "other factors." Collectively, Kaiser Complex Schools fared very well in this, the first Strive HI reporting of all schools. Strive HI replaced parts of the NCLB on July 1, 2013. Strive HI has three components: (1) New Goals and Annual Targets. (2) The Strive HI Index. (3) The Strive HI Steps. Mathematical formulas on various school measures from the based on the State Strategic Plan calculate school performance and feed into the Strive HI Step determination. The Index is calculated on these performance areas: Achievement (reading, mathematics, science). Growth (reading, mathematics). Readiness (8th Grade ACT for middle/intermediate schools). Achievement Gap (Current Gap Rate between Non-High Needs and High Needs students) and a "Two Year Gap Reduction Rate" between the same Non-High Needs and High-Needs students. Per Superintendent's expectations, all schools must send home a letter regarding school performance and data by August 28, 2013. Niu Valley Middle School parents and legal guardians will receive their letter/school data via the weekly Wednesday Communications Envelope on that date. The letter will be posted as a Download on this website soon thereafter.