Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - Alaska’s students show progress in English language arts, mathematics, and science.
Statewide, district, school, and subgroup level results from the Performance Evaluation for Alaska’s Schools (PEAKS) assessment and the Alaska Science Assessment are now available online. These assessments provide information to parents, educators, policymakers, communities, and businesses about how Alaska’s schools and districts are performing. School districts have until September 28th to distribute student-level reports to parents.
Juneau Schools had 48.21 percent of students proficient in English language arts, and 40.43 percent of proficient in math. The best scores came in grade six English, 54.59 percent proficient, and eighth-grade English, 52.21 percent proficient. The lowest scores came in ninth grade math, 32.19 percent proficient, and seventh-grade math 34.18 percent proficient.
PEAKS and the Alaska Science Assessment are Alaska’s statewide summative assessments. PEAKS is the assessment for English language arts and mathematics and was administered to students in grades three to nine. The Alaska Science Assessment was administered to students in grades four, eight, and ten. The statewide assessments are just one piece of a balanced assessment system.
Approximately 78,600 students participated in this administration of PEAKS and the Alaska Science Assessment. Students score on a scale that is divided into four levels of achievement: advanced, proficient, below proficient, and far below proficient.
“This year’s PEAKS results show the kind of incremental sustainable growth that will change the trajectory of our system of public schools and the lives of individual students. Though the growth is marginal, it represents a collective commitment to improve the success of our students,” said Alaska Education Commissioner Dr. Michael Johnson. “Continued growth will only be achievable if Alaskans work together to demand an excellent education for every student every day.” Commissioner Johnson thanked students, educators and parents for their commitment and hard work.
Overall, 42.4 percent of students scored at a proficient level in English language arts representing 3.4 percent growth from 2017, 36.7 percent of students scored at a proficient level in mathematics representing 2.8 percent growth from 2017, and 47 percent of students scored at a proficient level in science representing 0.6 percent growth from 2017.
The call to action, measurable goals, and targeted strategies of Alaska’s Education Challenge will help sustain this year’s improvement. To learn more about Alaska’s Education Challenge, visit the Alaska Education Challenge webpage.