Step Up

Step Up is a community-wide campaign of Hawai‘i P-20 Partnerships for Education. It promotes career and college readiness for Hawai‘i’s high school students.

To succeed in today’s economy and to prepare for a dynamic and ever-changing future, Hawai‘i’s public high school students are encouraged to earn the Hawai‘i State Board of Education’s Step Up Diploma (starting with the class of 2013 and beyond). Hawaii P-20’s goal is to enroll 75 percent of incoming public school freshmen statewide to pledge to earn this diploma.

Upon graduation, students who earn the BOE Step Up Diploma are rewarded with incentives for “stepping up” to this challenge. And they are better prepared to succeed after high school, whether they choose to attend college or get a living wage job. The Step Up campaign aligns with a national movement to raise the value of a high school diploma by increasing the rigor of high school standards, assessments and curriculum, and aligning expectations with the demands of postsecondary education and careers. To date, 35 states have adopted a more challenging diploma aligned with national standards.

Click here to visit the Step Up website or here to go back.