Statewide assessment results released by Education Department

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - A press release from the State Department of Education and Early Development says the department is "dissatisfied" with the results of the Performance Evaluation for Alaska's Schools assessment administered to students across the state in the spring.

    The department says about 76,000 students participated in the first administration of PEAKS, as it is called.

    Results varied from grade to grade, according to the release.  Approximately 32 to 45 percent were proficient in English language arts.  In mathematics, about 15 to 45 percent were proficient.

    The department says students score on a scale that is divided into four levels of achievement.  In addition to proficient, there is advanced, below proficient and far below proficient.

    Over 68 percent of students were rated below proficient or far below proficient in math;  and nearly 62 percent in English.

    In reaction, Commissioner Dr. Michael Johnson said, "We must be dissatisfied with these results, and yet, we have even more opportunity now than ever before to support student learning."   He added that many schools are already implementing positive changes that will provide more opportunity to increase their learning.

    Only statewide figures were available by Friday's scheduled release date.  District and school level results will be released later.


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