The overall goals of PLACES are to promote increased educational achievement and inspire children toward leadership as community activists and stewards of the environment. Within the highly engaging place-based cultural projects, these goals are achieved simultaneously and driven by passion and spirit.

 

Student Achievement

One of the goals of PLACES is to improve student achievement in reading. Scores from the Hawaii State Assessment are used to measure this outcome.

 

During Year 1 of the Grant (2011-2012)

When comparing percentage of students who met or achieved proficiency from grade level to grade level (e.g. 3rd grade in 2011 with 3rd grade in 2012)

  • In all of the grade levels that participate in the HSA's (3rd through 6th grades) there was an improvement in the percentage of children who met or exceeded proficiency from 2011 to 2012.

  • In 3 out of the 4 grade levels that participate in the HSA's there was a gain of 5% or greater in percentage of children who met or exceeded proficiency.

 

When following the growth of the three cohorts that can be traced from one grade level to the next from 2011 to 2012 (e.g. 3rd grade into 4th grade):

  • All of the cohorts increased the percentage of students who met/exceeded proficiency.

  • The 3rd grade went from 25% meeting/exceeding proficiency in 2011 to 40% of this same group meeting or exceeding proficiency as 4th graders in 2012.

  • The 5th grade went from 33% of 5th graders meeting/exceeding proficiency in 2011 to 49% of this same group meeting or exceeding proficiency as 6th graders in 2012.

 

Developmental Assets

The goals of PLACES including increasing motivation and engagement in school as well as establishing high expectations and supporting students toward those expectations. Data collected from the Developmental Asset Survey administered to all students indicate that this is indeed happening. According to the survey:

 

  • A majority of students indicate that they experience high expectations

  • Over 75% of students indicated that they experienced a sense of high engagement in school

  • A majority of students indicate that they experience a motivation to achieve

  • A majority of students indicate that they participate in youth programs

Achievement Outcomes

University of Hawai'i at Manoa

Student Equity, Excellence & Diversity (SEED)

2600 Campus Rd., QLSSC 413

Honolulu, HI 96822

Place-based Learning And Community Engagement in School (PLACES)