Hawaii Common Core Standards

Instructor: A Ray Tatum

A. Ray has taught junior high, high school and college English and has a master's degree in curriculum.

People interested in how the Common Core standards are used in Hawaii can get an overview of what those standards are and what students are expected to know by graduation. You can also find student and parent resources available to support learning in math and English language arts.

Common Core Standards in Hawaii

Hawaii's Department of Education joined 46 other states and U.S. territories when it adopted the Common Core standards for grades K-12. Full implementation of these learning goals for English language arts and math was reached by 2013. The goal of the Common Core is to ensure every student is ready for college or a career upon graduation.

English Language Arts

English language arts standards emphasize the use of non-fiction to establish students' knowledge in a wide range of disciplines, including social studies, history and science. These reading materials increase in complexity as students progress through each grade level and are used alongside literature to develop students' ability to determine the main ideas of a reading passage or analyze an author's reasoning. ELA standards also attempt to teach students the speech and writing skills needed to make effective arguments that are supported by the appropriate type of evidence.


Math learning standards are meant to not only teach students problem-solving skills, but also to inspire. Hawaiian educators believe that math instruction needs to be more than assigning problems. Rather, it should inspire curiosity about numbers and build student confidence in knowing that math is doable. Students learn that math is not just about moving numbers around, adding or subtracting them and coming up with an answer; it's about understanding why a particular problem-solving process is used and its real-world applications

Common Core standards outline key mathematical practices with these goals in mind. Throughout K-12th grade, students learn how to choose the right approach needed to solve a problem and evaluate the solution to see if it makes sense. They also know how to plug variables into charts, graphs and tables and label them appropriately. Pattern recognition and an ability to critique the reasoning used by their peers to solve problems are also among these key skills.

Common Core Resources

The Hawaii State Department of Education has provided instructors with the tools necessary for student success, including curriculum frameworks and assessment tools to check progress. Student writing samples and guidelines for selecting appropriate texts are also available, along with video lessons and iTunes courses explaining the Common Core and its instructional shifts.

Parents, teachers and even students can also find a plethora of Study.com resources aligned with the Common Core. The following courses can be accessed at any time to support instruction, and the quizzes and exams make great checks on student comprehension.

English Language Arts


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