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Posted: Wednesday, February 19th, 2014 11:43 AM HST

Hawaiian immersion education to get more support

By Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) The board of Hawaii's public school system is committing money and resources to help strengthen a 30-year-old Hawaiian language immersion program.

The Board of Education has made policy changes to create and implement curriculum, standards and assessment tools for the program, which uses the Hawaiian language to educate 2,500 students statewide.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Wednesday supporters are hopeful the changes will lead to developing assessments in Hawaiian.

Hawaiian immersion students are given tests that are translated from English. But some parents and immersion educators say they would prefer assessments that are created in Hawaiian.

Supporters say the previous BOE policy was too vague and didn't provide enough support.

University of Hawaii College of Education faculty member Kalehua Krug says the policy changes will give the program "teeth."

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