• 324 Kapahulu Avenue
  • Honolulu, HI 96815


ALL VISITORS AND PARENTS must report to the office to sign in for a school visitor pass. This is to ensure safety, provide accountability, support students, and respect learning.


For the safety and health of our students, the playground is now closed before and after school. There has been an increased number of unsupervised students on the playground at these times and the faculty and staff are not available for supervision during these hours. We ask that students leave campus immediately after school unless they are participating in a school sponsored after school event. Also, as posted on signs around campus, there is to be no riding of scooters, skateboards, hoverboards or bikes while on campus. Thank you for your cooperation.

Jefferson Elementary School currently uses the following assessments to measure student achievement, and annual academic growth:


Northwest Evaluation Association, Measures of Academic Progress


Created by educators for educators, MAP assessments provide detailed, actionable data about where each child is on their unique learning path. Because student engagement is essential to any testing experience, NWEA works with educators to create test items that interest children and help to capture detail about what they know and what they’re ready to learn. It is information teachers can use in the classroom to help every child, every day. MAP dynamically adapts to a student’s responses – as they take the test.

Answer a question correctly and the test presents a more challenging item

Miss a question, and MAP offers a simpler item

In this way, the test narrows in on a student’s learning level, engaging them with content that allows them to succeed.

 Download NWEA Parent Toolkit (External Link)


Catapult eValuate Benchmark System


eValuate™ is Catapult Learning’s next-generation benchmark assessment system that combines monthly benchmark assessments with comprehensive and easy-to-use reporting and analysis tools. Built by a team of expert educators with over a decade of experience developing standards-aligned assessments, eValuate is a valuable and proven tool that builds the foundation for continual academic improvement.

  • Cutting-edge Web-based Reading and Math Assessments
  • Actionable Reporting and Analysis Tools
  • Accessible Professional Development
  • eValuate engage students in their own learning, guides teachers as they target instruction, and allows administrators to identify instructional areas in need of additional resources and support.


HSA: Hawaii State Science Assessment


The purposes of the Hawaii State Assessment are to (1) meet or exceed the requirements of NCLB (2001), Chapter 302A of the Hawaii Revised Statutes, and Hawaii Board of Education Policy 2520-Statewide Assessment Program, (2) promote and measure the attainment of the Hawaii Content and Performance Standards (HCPS) in reading, mathematics, and science, (3) provide information to stakeholders about the achievement of students, schools, complex areas and the state relative to the HCPS, and (4) support instructional program improvement efforts.

The Hawaii State Assessments (HSA) in reading and mathematics are criterion-referenced assessments that are administered to students in grades 3 - 8 and 10. Students in these grade levels are also administered the TerraNova norm-referenced tests in reading and mathematics. Criterion-referenced proficiency level scores and norm-referenced stanine and percentile rank scores are reported at the end of each school year. Only the criterion-referenced scores are used to determine a school's Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP). Students in grades 4, 8, and 10 also take the HSA in science. The HSA in science includes only criterion-referenced sessions and proficiency level scores.

The Hawaii State Assessments in reading, mathematics, and science, as well as the norm-referenced TeraNova tests in reading and mathematics, are administered online using the American Institutes for Research (AIR) test delivery system.


NAEP: National Assessment of Educational Progress


The National Assessment of Educational Progress or NAEP is a federal assessment of students in grades 4, 8, and 12. It runs in two-year cycles. During odd years such as 2008-09, NAEP tests three subjects and provides results for every state for grades 4 and 8. It also provides national results for grades 4, 8, and 12. During even years, NAEP often assesses social studies subjects and/or arts for national results. It also sustains an older version of NAEP called the Long-Term Trend Study. It also conducts pilot testing and field testing during even years. NAEP calls the years in which there are state results "big NAEP" and the years when there are only national results "small NAEP." The table at the end of this overview indicates the subjects by year.

NAEP tests a sample of students rather than all students. NAEP statisticians randomly choose about 3,000 students for each NAEP subject in a grade level for each state during the "big NAEP" years. For example, if three subjects are tested, NAEP statisticians randomly choose about 9,000 grade 4 students and about 9,000 grade 8 students. For Hawaii, this means that every public and public charter school with grade 8 students will get chosen to participate during "big NAEP" years. About 70% of Hawaii's elementary schools get chosen. Additionally, if a school's grade 4 enrollment exceeds 1% of the state's grade 4 enrollment, that school will be chosen each "big NAEP" year. During even years, NAEP chooses fewer than twenty public and public charter schools, because fewer students are needed for national-only results.


SBAC: Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium


Smarter Balanced is a state-led consortium with a transparent, consensus-based governance structure. Members include both Governing members and Affiliate members. The Regents of the University of California, Los Angeles oversees all financial procurement on behalf of Smarter Balanced.

Governing members are fully committed to Smarter Balanced and have a vote in policy decisions, while Affiliate members may participate in work groups and provide guidance for the development of the assessment system. Each state appoints K-12 and higher education leads to coordinate with the Consortium. State representatives direct the Executive Committee and participate in five Smarter Balanced work groups. Smarter Balanced works closely with state education chiefs and elected officials to ensure that the assessment system meets the needs of member states.

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Community Partners

Jefferson Elementary would like to recognize the tireless efforts and contributions of the many organizations and individuals from the community.  More information about our community partners can be found here

Academic Partners

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