Anchorage School District


Legislative Update

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    Alaska’s Education Investment for ASD:
    Building a Pathway to Success

  • The pathway to achieving the School Board’s goals includes a number of priorities and will require close collaboration and partnership with the Alaska State Legislature.


    Support foundational instructional programs and rigorous standards to ensure Alaskan students’ outcomes prepare them for success in life.

    • Continue prioritizing Pre-K, Reading, and Ready-to-Learn programs, including a focus at the University of Alaska on the science of reading
    • Increase the length of Alaska’s instructional year to stay on par with other states
    • Lengthen the state-directed minimum school day

    Provide fair, predictable and proactive funding.

    • Focus on recruitment and retention of high-quality educators by investing in defined benefits and value of sick leave
    • Grow Base Student Allocation (BSA) on a yearly basis in line with actual inflationary costs
    • Fund study to reassess the District Cost Factor in the BSA metric
    • Maintain transportation funding at true costs for service

    Renew commitment to student wellness, mental health, and safety by aggressively supporting practices that support the whole student.

    • Mental and behavioral health
    • Trauma Informed practices
    • Social Emotional Learning
    • Restorative justice practices
  • The Anchorage School Board’s priorities are directly informed by these newly adopted District Goals and Guardrails:


    Board Goals


    Open Book Reading Proficiency Beginning September 2020, the percentage of third-grade students proficient in reading on the state summative test (currently PEAKS) will increase from 40% to 80% by May 2026.


    Maths Math Proficiency Beginning September 2020, the percentage of students in grades 3–9 proficient in mathematics on the state summative assessment (currently PEAKS) will increase from 40% to 55% by May 2026.


    Go Beginning with the Freshman Class in September 2020, the percentage of high school students Life Ready and College and/or Career Ready will increase to 90% in Spring 2026.



    Board Guardrails

    Guardrails are based on the community’s values and represent actions which the Superintendent may not allow in pursuit of the District’s student outcome goals.

    • Superintendent will not leave student groups underrepresented in lottery/ application-based programs.

    • Superintendent will not operate without a plan to develop a diverse or culturally responsive workforce.

    • Superintendent will not allow unsatisfactory employee performance to go unidentified or unaddressed.

    • Superintendent will not operate elementary schools without mental health services.