alaska department of education

Mike Hanley ousted as Alaska Education Commissioner

Feb 4, 2016
Skip Gray/360 North

In a press release Thursday, Governor Walker announced that Dr. Susan McCauley will take over as interim DEED Commissioner on March 1st. 

Josh Edge / APRN

A pre-kindergarten program that serves about 3 percent of Alaska's 4-year-olds would be cut in Governor Bill Walker's proposed budget.

Department of Education and Early Development

Governor Sean Parnell is trying to get more Alaska students ready for the workforce with specialized skills or crafts in Alaska’s economy.

The Alaska’s Career-Ready Education Initiative is intended to prepare students for Alaska’s growing economy and the types of jobs being created.  Governor Parnell introduced his initiative in Fairbanks at the Alaska Superintendents Association.

He says Alaska is on the cusp of an economic boom. 

Dillingham Schools Improving in ASPI Scores

Sep 18, 2014
DCSD

The Alaska Department of Education and Early Development released this year’s school ratings earlier this month.  Dillingham Schools faired very well, improving across the board.  This is part of the Alaska School Performance Index.  

The ASPI was adopted by the state in 2013.  The index rates schools on a 100 point scale.  The points are awarded based on test scores, improvement on tests, attendance, standardized tests and graduation rates.  The schools are the given ratings based on a scale of one-five, five being the best.

Alaska's New Standardized Tests

Jun 16, 2014

Alaska will pay $25 million in the next five years for a new standardized test. The new test is being created by the Achievement and Assessment Institute at the University of Kansas and will be administered to the state’s 77,000 third through 10th graders.

In 2012, the state of Alaska received a waiver, excusing it from the federal No Child Left Behind law.  Director of Assessment, Accountability and Information Management for the Alaska Department of Education Erik McCormick says the state has been looking for a new standardized testing system.

Alaska has school districts that run the spectrum from large to small and from urban to rural. The director of the Center for Alaska Education Policy Research, Diane Hirshberg, recently spoke about the unique challenges rural schools face and the possible ways districts can help their students. Her comments came during the most recent Southwest Alaska Municipal Conference and Economic Summit held back in March.