In 2009, a partnership was formed between the Hawai'i Department of Education, the University of Hawai'i, and the Department of Labor & Industrial Relations with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to share data to support educational and workforce outcomes. In 2011, the partnership was expanded to include the Department of Health and the Department of Human Services. The goal is to establish a means of sharing data to support a statewide longitudinal data system to improve the early childhood development, educational, and workforce outcomes for the citizens of Hawai'i.
The partners are described below. The Hawai'i DXP partnership will be expanded to include additional entities as new MOU's are established.
The Hawai'i Department of Education is the only public K-12 education system in the State of Hawai'i. The DOE is comprised of 15 complex areas across 7 geographical districts. A complex area is made up of 2-4 school complexes, where each complex consists of a high school and the elementary and middle schools that feed into it. In total there 286 schools, 254 public schools and 32 charter schools. The DOE enrolls over 180,000 students with roughly 13,000 classroom teachers.
The University of Hawai'i is the only public system of higher education in Hawai'i that confers associate, bachelor, master, and doctoral degrees. The UH System consists of 10 campuses which includes 3 universities and 7 community colleges, as well as various educational training and research centers across 6 islands. UH enrolls approximately 60,000 students and has roughly 3,700 faculty.
The Department of Labor & Industrial Relations handles the administration of workers' compensation, employment security, apprenticeship training, wage and hour, and industrial relations laws. The department also develops, prepares, and disseminates information on employment, unemployment, and general labor market conditions.
The mission of the Department of Health is to protect and improve the health and environment for all people in Hawai'i. DOH provides numerous programs and services in areas of diseases and immunization, family and behavioral health, public and environmental health, as well as vital records.
The Department of Human Services administers numerous programs, services, and benefits to those in need, the disabled or persons requiring some form of assistance. Some of the services provided include child/foster care, welfare, SNAP and TANF programs, employment training, affordable housing, rehabilitation services and MedQuest to name a few.
Hawai'i P-20 Partnerships for Education is a statewide partnership led by the Executive Office on Early Learning (EOEL), the Hawai'i DOE, and the UH System that is working to strengthen the education pipeline from early childhood through higher education so that all students achieve career and college success. Hawai'i P-20, an administrative unit at UH under the Office of the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs/Provost, is the managing unit for the planning, development, and implementation of Hawai'i DXP.