Letters to the Editor:  Educating our keiki is everyone’s kuleana


December 5, 2013

Public schools here are making gains

We would like to congratulate the students and teachers of Hawaii who achieved national recognition through their performance on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (“Hawaii public school test scores above average,” Star-Advertiser, Nov. 7).

Those who truly deserve credit for this accomplishment are the teachers and students who worked hard to improve the practice of teaching and student learning.

Standardized tests like the NAEP provide a snapshot and can indicate a trend over time. We hope Hawaii continues this trend and remains one of the leading states in producing significant gains.

In the spirit of the holidays, let’s celebrate teachers who have led Hawaii’s keiki to become more proficient in reading, writing and math.

To continue progress, it is important that we provide teachers and students with the necessary tools and resources to be successful, and continuing to invest supporting public education and our teachers by providing professional salaries to attract the best and the brightest into our classrooms.

Wil Okabe
President, Hawaii State Teachers Association

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