In an effort to better serve parents, students, teachers, staff, and the community, the state Department of Education announced the launch of its new website on Monday.
The website overhaul was one of the specific targets of focus outlined in the DOE and Board of Education's 2011-2018 Strategic Plan. The new site took nearly a year of research and public and staff input.
"We made a dedicated effort to ensure parents and students could easily access information and increase transparency of our reporting systems," superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi said. "In today's technological world, we strive to better communicate the excellence and transformation occurring in our public school system. Our new website also allows for a stronger connection with our communities."
The website is a key component of the Department's communications and community engagement plan to inform the community about Hawaii's public schools. It covers everything from educational initiatives and reform to school-level data and college- and career-readiness efforts, as well as programs supporting student life and health and opportunities for the community to contribute to public education.
The DOE invested $1.7 million of federal Race to the Top funds to build its new website.
The funds will also be used to develop an employee intranet -- set to launch in the fall -- to boost operational efficiency, information sharing and collaboration among the various DOE offices.
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