School Board Goals & Guardrails
The Anchorage School Board is in the middle of its Strategic Planning Process to provide specific guidance and direction for the Anchorage School District for the next several years. This process will directly shape the School District’s priorities and actions. At the heart of the Board’s process is the creation of new School Board goals and guardrails, which will guide the District’s priorities and planning moving forward.
Last fall, the School Board conducted a series of steering committee meetings, community forums and listening sessions to solicit feedback and provide direction for shaping the District’s priorities. After consolidating the breadth of public input, several priorities clearly emerged:
- Improving reading proficiency
- Improving math proficiency
- Students should graduate with essential life skills and be college and/or career ready
- Educational opportunities should be equitable for all students in the District
- A diverse and highly professional workforce is essential for the success of all students
In response to the community’s clear voice regarding the education of their children, the Anchorage School Board drafted three overarching goals and four guardrails to provide clear direction and focus for the District.
In order to be transparent to the public through the entire process, the Board presented these draft goals for public feedback and encouraged input from students, parents, educators, community organizations and business leaders. The public feedback period ended on Dec. 10, 2020.
Draft Board Goals
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.
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.
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.
Draft 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.