Anchorage School District

2021

Legislative Update


  • 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.

    • Fund study to reassess District Cost Differential in BSA metric
    • Maintain responsible distribution of COVID relief funds
    • Maintain transportation funding at true costs for service
    • Support equitable access to digital learning and connectivity

     

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

    • Social Emotional Learning
    • Trauma informed practices
    • Mental health
    • 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, Literacy and Ready-to-Learn programs
    • 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 Life, College, Career Ready Beginning with the Freshman Class in September 2020, the percentage of high school students Life Ready and College and/or Career Ready will increase from___% in Spring 2021 to ___% in Spring 2026 (Percentages to be determined). 

     

     

    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.