State of our Schools


July 26, 2013


Contact: Heidi Embley

ASD Communications

Phone: (907) 742-4158




Superintendent Ed Graff presented his State of Our Schools address to district leadership today, focusing on Destination 2020 and its initiatives for the coming year as well as a review of student achievement.


The Destination 2020 strategic plan is built upon the district’s mission to educate all students for success in life and its vision to have all students graduate prepared for post-secondary and employment opportunities.


Elements of the plan were developed a few years ago by the Anchorage School Board and the superintendent’s office. It was collectively updated this summer to reflect efforts and direction for the 2013-14 school year.


The plan outlines six goals for the district to achieve by the year 2020. They include:

  • 90 percent of students proficient in reading, writing and math,
  • 90 percent graduation rate,
  • every child attends school at least 90 percent of the time,
  • 90 percent of parents would recommend their child’s school,
  • 100 percent of students and staff feel safe at school, and
  • Operational efficiency – based on key performance indicators among peer districts.


Each goal is supported by a correlating strategy, several initiatives and tactics for achieving each goal.


“Destination 2020 is ambitious and helps reinforce our efforts and commitment to the most critical tasks at hand in order to improve achievement and the overall student experience,” said Superintendent Graff. “The bottom line is that we must align our efforts to focus on helping every child achieve at least one year’s academic growth every year.”


Progress on goals is determined by a series of performance measures. The 2013 data shows student proficiency scores remain flat while the district made progress in moving closer to its graduation, attendance and parent recommendation goals.


Preliminary proficiency data from the state’s Standards Based Assessment show mixed results in reading, writing and math scores as compared to the previous year. Districtwide reading scores went from 81.8 to 80.6 percent, writing scores moved from 77.4 to 77.5 percent, math scores moved from 71.4 to 72.2 percent.


“There are great things happening in all of our schools and we can identify many pockets of success. We now must analyze the data to determine why some efforts are successful and some are not,” said Superintendent Graff. “We will be asking tough questions and looking for opportunities all of our schools and programs can realize improved outcomes.”


A full report of student test scores will be available in the Profile of Performance, presented to the school board later this fall.


The Destination 2020 strategic plan is available online at


The full State of Our Schools address will be available beginning on Monday for viewing on ASD-TV cable channel 14, on-demand at or on the district’s YouTube page at





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