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 a close collaboration and partnership with the Alaska State Legislature.


    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 BSA on a yearly basis in line with actual inflationary costs
    • Fund study to reassess the Cost Area Differential 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


    Support foundational instructional programs and rigorous standards to ensure Alaskan students are set up 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
  • The Anchorage School Board’s priorities are nested with their 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 College, Career, Life Ready Beginning with the Freshman Class in September 2020, the percentage of high school students graduating Life Ready as well as College and/or Career Ready will increase from a baseline of TBA% Spring 2022 to 90% in Spring 2026.*
    *Baseline assessment percentages will occur in Spring 2022



    Board Guardrails

    Guardrails are based on the community’s values and are aligned with the vision and goals. A guardrail is an operational action or class of actions, usually strategic not tactical, the Superintendent may not use or 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 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.