The hawaii state department of education wishes to provide an alternative to the sink or swim method of schooling. the agency strives to support every k-12 student in getting a quality education in the public school system. the department focuses on setting standards for curriculum and assessment, as well as providing programs in areas such as special education, english as a second language, and guidance for the gifted and talented. in addition to educating its youth, the agency also offers community schools for adults. it also provides learning centers with career training and special programs in subjects ranging from music to marine science. the department has an annual budget of more than $1 billion.