Teachers and students deserving of recognition

I would like to congratulate the students and teachers of Hawaii who have achieved national recognition through their performance on the National Assessment of Educational Progress. Those who truly deserve credit for this accomplishment are the teachers and students who have worked hard together to improve the practice of teaching and producing improved student learning.

Standardized tests like the NAEP provide a snapshot in time and can only indicate a trend over time. I hope that this trend continues and Hawaii remains one of the leading states in producing such 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.

In order for us to continue to make progress, it is important that all of us accept and embrace our responsibility in providing the best education for our keiki. That means we need to provide teachers and students with the necessary tools and resources to be successful. It also means that we must continue to invest in our future through supporting public education and those who teach by providing professional salaries to attract the best and the brightest into our classrooms. Educating our keiki is everyone’s kuleana, and we must work together to ensure the best teaching and learning environments for Hawaii’s students.

Wil Okabe


Hawaii State Teachers Association