Schools receive performance honors

 

November 17, 2014

 

The following news release is shared in behalf of the state Department of Education. It recognizes Aurora, Bayshore, Chugiak and Ravenwood elementary schools.

 

Forty-one schools recognized as Alaska Reward Schools

 

JUNEAU – The Alaska Department of Education & Early Development has recognized 41 public schools as 2014-2015 Reward Schools to honor their student performance from the 2013-2014 school year.

 

The designation is part of Alaska’s school accountability system, which identifies schools in need of support and recognizes schools that are the highest performing or show the most growth in student achievement.

 

“It is a pleasure to announce Alaska’s Reward Schools for 2014-2015, an achievement shared by their families and educators,” said Alaska Education Commissioner Mike Hanley. “Reward Schools strive to meet the academic needs of all students, however large or small the school is. They support students’ progress toward the goals of college- and career-readiness and graduation. We congratulate them.”

 

Reward Schools are recognized in two categories: highest performing and high progress. This school year, 12 schools are highest performing Reward Schools and 41 schools are high progress Reward Schools. Twelve schools are in both categories, making a total of 41 schools to be named Reward Schools.

 

Alaska names both categories of Reward Schools in three grade configurations: K-8 schools, 9-12 schools, and K-12 schools. These represent the spectrum of rural and urban schools. (Elementary schools and middle schools are included in the K-8 grade span.)

 

To qualify for Reward status as a highest-performing school:

 

  • the school must be in the top 10 percent of schools in its grade configuration (K-8, 9-12, or K-12) based on its score under the Alaska School Performance Index (explained below);

 

  • over the two most recent years, the school must have a graduation rate that averaged at least 85 percent, if it has 12th-graders; and

 

  • over the two most recent years, the school must have met its goal for increasing the percentage of students who are proficient in reading, writing, and math, for the student body as a whole and all subgroups of students.

 

To qualify for Reward status as a high-progress school:

 

  • the school must be in the highest 10 percent of all schools in the Growth and Proficiency Index (explained below);

 

  • have an average score of at least 95 in the Growth and Proficiency Index over the past three years for all students;

 

  • have an average Growth and Proficiency Index score of at least 90 in the most recent year for the subgroups Alaska Native/American Indian students, economically disadvantaged students, students with disabilities, and English language learners (if there are at least five students in a subgroup);

 

  • the graduation rate must average at least 85 percent over the two most recent years, if the school has 12th-graders.

 

The Alaska School Performance Index measures schools by a combination of data: student achievement on the state’s reading, writing and math assessments; growth in the school’s student body in those assessments from the prior year; and attendance. Schools with high school students also are measured by graduation rates; student performance on college-ready and career-ready assessments such as the SAT, ACT, and WorkKeys; and students’ participation rate in the WorkKeys assessment.

 

The Growth and Proficiency Index, briefly stated, measures whether a student population in a school is increasing, remaining stable, or declining in achievement in reading, writing, and math from one year to the next. A school receives an index score for its student body as a whole, and scores for each of the four subgroups mentioned above. The index looks at each student’s performance over those two years and creates a combined picture of a school’s performance.

 

The 2014-2015 Alaska Rewards Schools are as follows. Note the two categories of award. For school contact information, see http://education.alaska.gov/DOE_Rolodex/SchoolCalendar/

  

Highest Performing Schools

District Name

School Name

Low Grade

High Grade

Aleutians East

False Pass School

PK

12

Denali

Cantwell School

KG

12

Iditarod

Takotna Community School

PK

12

Kenai Peninsula

Aurora Borealis Charter School

KG

8

Kenai Peninsula

Cooper Landing School

KG

12

Lake and Peninsula

Chignik Lagoon School

PK

12

Lake and Peninsula

Igiugig School

PK

12

Matanuska-Susitna

Beryozova School

KG

12

Matanuska-Susitna

John Shaw Elementary

PK

5

Matanuska-Susitna

Mat-Su Career & Tech Ed High School

9

12

Skagway

Skagway School

PK

12

Wrangell

Stikine Middle School

6

8

 

 

 

 

 

High Progress Schools

District Name

School Name

Low Grade

High Grade

Aleutians East

False Pass School

PK

12

Anchorage

Aurora Elementary

PK

6

Anchorage

Bayshore Elementary

PK

6

Anchorage

Chugiak Elementary

PK

5

Anchorage

Ravenwood Elementary

PK

6

Chugach

Whittier Community School

PK

12

Denali

Anderson School

KG

12

Denali

Cantwell School

KG

12

Fairbanks

Salcha Elementary

PK

6

Haines

Haines High School

9

12

Iditarod

Takotna Community School

PK

12

Kenai Peninsula

Aurora Borealis Charter School

KG

8

Kenai Peninsula

Cooper Landing School

KG

12

Kenai Peninsula

Fireweed Academy

KG

6

Kenai Peninsula

Nikolaevsk School

PK

12

Kenai Peninsula

Soldotna Montessori Charter School

KG

6

Kenai Peninsula

Sterling Elementary

PK

6

Kenai Peninsula

West Homer Elementary

3

6

Kenai Peninsula

William H. Seward Elementary School

PK

6

Ketchikan

Fawn Mountain Elementary

PK

6

Ketchikan

Houghtaling Elementary

PK

6

Kodiak Island

Karluk School

PK

12

Kodiak Island

Peterson Elementary

PK

5

Lake and Peninsula

Chignik Lagoon School

PK

12

Lake and Peninsula

Igiugig School

PK

12

Lake and Peninsula

Perryville School

PK

12

Lower Kuskokwim

Ayaprun Elitnaurvik

PK

6

Matanuska-Susitna

Beryozova School

KG

12

Matanuska-Susitna

Glacier View School

KG

12

Matanuska-Susitna

John Shaw Elementary

PK

5

Matanuska-Susitna

Mat-Su Career & Tech Ed High School

9

12

Matanuska-Susitna

Pioneer Peak Elementary

PK

5

Matanuska-Susitna

Willow Elementary

PK

6

Skagway

Skagway School

PK

12

Southeast Island

Howard Valentine Coffman Cove School

PK

12

Southeast Island

Naukati School

PK

12

Southeast Island

Port Protection School

PK

12

Southeast Island

Whale Pass School

PK

12

Southwest Region

William "Sonny" Nelson School

PK

8

Unalaska

Unalaska Jr/Sr High School

7

12

Wrangell

Stikine Middle School

6

8


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