Alaska



State Governance

State Board of Education

Alaska’s State Board of Education consists of seven members, each serving a five-year term. Board members are appointed by the governor and must be approved by the legislature.

Alaska’s State Board of Education has authority over:

  • Teacher Licensure
  • Content Standards Adoption
  • Appoints Chief State School Officer

Governor

Bill Walker (I)

Chief State School Officer

                Michael Johnson

Approved by the governor

State Context

State Demographics

Public Education Enrollment by Special Populations:

Free and Reduced Price Lunch: 42.9%

English Language Learners: 11.4%

Served by IDEA: 13.7%

 

2015 NAEP State Data

Reading data for Grade 4 race/ethnicity and NSLP eligibility compared to the state average.

Reading data for Grade 4 by race/ethnicity between 2003 and 2015. Additional national average data is included in the graph.

Mathematics data for Grade 8 by race/ethnicity and NSLP eligibility compared to the state average.

Mathematics data for Grade 8 by race/ethnicity between 2003 and 2015. Additional national average data is included in the graph.

Science data for Grade 8 by race/ethnicity and NSLP eligibility compared to the state average.

Graduation Rates

Adjusted cohort graduation rate between 2011 and 2015:

Charter Schools

Year Charter School Law was Enacted: 1995

Number of Charter Schools in the 2014-15 Year: 27

Number of Students Served by Charter Schools in the 2014-15 Year: 6,224

Charter School Cap Law: None

ESSA Plan & Implementation

Alaska intends to submit its ESSA consolidated application to the U.S. Department of Education on September 18, 2017. Learn more about Alaska’s ESSA approach.