Alaska

Alaska Scores Leave “Plenty of Room for Improvement”

“Over 76,000 Alaska students took statewide math and English tests this spring,” reports Zoe Grueskin for KTOO Public Media. “The state Department of Education and Early Development shared the results last week. There’s plenty of room for improvement.” The “scores help the state determine which schools...

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Alaska Flags Schools for Improvement

The Milbank Monitor reports that Alaska’s education department “has flagged about a fifth of the state’s public schools as needing additional support” under its new, ESSA-based accountability system. “The 107 schools were identified because of low graduation rates or poor performance on academic measures, either...

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Alaska’s New School Evaluation System

Tegan Hanlon reports for the Anchorage Daily News that the Alaska Department of Education has “flagged about a fifth of the state’s public schools as needing additional support under its new accountability system,” called the “System for School Success.” Like every other state, Alaska “had...

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Seven More States Need Specifics

The Dept. of Education sent letters to Alabama, Alaska, Kansas, Montana, North Carolina, South Dakota, and Wyoming enumerating federal feedback on their ESSA plans.

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State Plan Submissions and Drafts

Approved State Plans Alabama: Final Plan Approved (5/7/18) Alaska: Final Plan Approved (5/16/18) Arizona: Final Plan Approved (9/6/17) Arkansas: Final Plan Approved (1/16/18) Colorado: Final Plan Approved (5/7/18) Connecticut: Final Plan Approved (8/15/17) Delaware: Final Plan Approved (8/2/17) District of Columbia: Final Plan Approved (8/28/17) Georgia:...

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AK’s Public Comment Period Ends Sept. 15

The Alaska Journal for Commerce reports that Alaskans’ last chance to comment on the state’s ESSA plan ends on September 15, “a month after Alaska’s education department published its draft plan for review.”

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AK Submits ESSA Plan to Governor

The draft has been submitted to the Governor’s office for a 30 day review period, prior to the September 18th federal deadline. Public comment will be accepted until September 15th.

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AK Dept. of Ed Submits Final Draft ESSA Plan

The Alaska Dept. of Education has submitted their final draft of the state’s ESSA plan – and is accepting public comment until September 15. However, the plan has also been sent to the governor, who has 30 days to review before final federal submission.

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State Legislature Passes Bill to Suspend Testing

In May, the State Legislature passed a bill that would suspend all standardized testing in the state until the year 2020. The legislation now awaits the Governor’s signature. Education Week reported how the legislation could result in the loss of millions of dollars in federal...

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