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The Hawai'i Data eXchange Partnership (Hawai'i DXP) aims to provide information for use across Hawai'i's early childhood, K-12, postsecondary, and workforce sectors to better understand and improve the educational and workforce outcomes of Hawai'i's citizens. DXP's Data Governance and Access Committee, with representation from all partners, have identified the top five research and policy questions below as the most pressing for the state:

  1. To what degree is the education pipeline aligned with Hawai‘i's current and future employment needs?
  2. What are the economic impacts of workforce development programs?
  3. What happens to Part C children as they move forward in the educational pipeline, even if they left EIS or declined services altogether? If they were served by EIS, does the length of time in EIS affect later life outcomes?
  4. What are the workforce outcomes of individuals that entered (or re-entered) the UH system after working? Do (additional) certifications/degrees improve their workforce outcomes?
  5. What are the outcomes for at-risk students at key benchmarks and transition points along the education-to-workforce pipeline?

Below is the full list of research and policy questions that DXP will prioritize as data becomes available.

Transition Category Question Source
Early Childhood to Elementary Early childhood Who participates in early childhood education? Who is not being served? EC Priority Questions
Early childhood How successful are early learning efforts in preparing students for Kindergarten and later grades? What does "success" entail beyond just assessments? What are other long term benefits from early childhood education programs? DXP Priority Question Workgroup
Early childhood How does mobility (e.g., changing programs, schools, geographic location) impact student achievement? EC Priority Questions
Early childhood How does homelessness/housing issues impact student achievement? EC Priority Questions
Early childhood Which early childhood services best serve which children? What is the relationship between early experiences with long-term educational outcomes? EC Priority Questions
Early childhood Why are there Special Education students in Hawai‘i public schools who did not receive Early Intervention Section services? DXP Priority Question Workgroup
At-risk populations What happens to Part C children as they move forward in the educational pipeline, even if they left EIS or declined services altogether? If they were served by EIS, does the length of time in EIS affect later life outcomes? FY15 RPQ
High School to Postsecondary College readiness What is the impact of the various programs that promote college-going in terms of improving actual college-going rates? DXP Priority Question Workgroup
College readiness Who is delaying college entry and why do these students not enter in the first fall after graduation? Education Roundtable
Postsecondary to Workforce Early Childhood What is the relationship between compensation, degree obtained and licensure/certification and working in ECE? Why are Early Childhood teachers leaving the field? EC Priority Questions
Workforce outcomes What are the workforce outcomes of individuals that entered (or re-entered) the UH system after working? Do (additional) certifications/degrees improve their workforce outcomes? DXP Priority Question Workgroup
Workforce Workforce outcomes What are the economic impacts of workforce development programs? FY15 RPQ
Alignment To what degree is the education pipeline aligned with Hawai‘i's current and future employment needs? DXP RPQ
P20W Pipeline At-risk populations What are the outcomes for at-risk students at key benchmarks and transition points along the education-to-workforce pipeline? FY15 RPQ
Workforce Outcomes What are the employment rates and earning levels of Hawai‘i's high school and college graduates in-state compared to drop-outs by credential level? DXP RPQ
Last updated: 05/11/2020