Hawaii school officials received praise from the U.S. Department of Education for making progress on education reforms.
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan says Hawaii has made "huge progress" implementing promised reforms that won the state a $75 million "Race to the Top" grant.
Hawaii's grant was on "high-risk" status for unsatisfactory progress last year.
Duncan says the implementation of tougher diploma requirements two years ahead of schedule was noteworthy.
Hawaii's report notes challenges, including a new educator evaluation system that has received complaints from local teachers.