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Each spring, Alaskan students are provided an opportunity to show what they know. When students show what they know, teachers and parents can partner to promote student success.
PEAKS Overview and Spring 2021 Test Administration Window
PEAKS 2021 Testing Window: March 29-April 30 (Make-ups: March 30-April 30)
Due to COVID 19, information regarding administration of assessments during the 2020-2021 school year will be updated as guidance is provided by the State of Alaska. Please review the Assessment and Survey Calendar for specific assessment information by grade level and tentative dates of administration.
PEAKS (Performance Evaluation for Alaska’s Schools) is a computer-based assessment administered to students in Grades 3-9 (English language arts and mathematics) and grades 5, 8 and 10 (science)* each spring during the state designated testing window. This state-required assessment provides students the opportunity to show their understanding of important skills in these content areas at their grade level.
*NOTE: The science assessment is a new test based on new State of Alaska science standards. The tested grade levels have been updated to grades 5, 8 and 10. This year, science will be field tested by all students in grades 5, 8 and 10. For more information, please review the State of Alaska Department of Education PEAKS New Science Assessment FAQs.
In the spring of 2021, PEAKS will be administered to Anchorage students during the weeks of March 29-April 30. Schools have flexibility in providing the test to students to minimize the impact on instructional time. Make-ups are allowed any time between March 30-April 30. Students are not allowed to complete more than one full content area in a day. Parents and Guardians should connect with their child's school for specific PEAKS test dates and testing plans. Please see the ASD Assessment and Survey Calendar for the complete schedule of the ASD comprehensive system of assessments.
Please choose a link below to see PEAKS Content Areas and Testing Times, PEAKS Student Preparation: Practice Tests and Tutorials, PEAKS Resources: Assessment Design, TDA and Student Supports or PEAKS or Alternate Assessment Results information.
Testing times to complete PEAKS vary by grade level and content area.
While the assessment is untimed, approximate testing times, along with an ASD recommended minimum test session length, are included in the table linked above.
This link redirects to the PEAKS Content Area and Testing Times table.
Student preparation resources are available to help prepare students for PEAKS.
The PEAKS Practice Tests and Tutorials, called Online Tools Training (OTT) by the state, are designed to provide students a hands-on opportunity to experience the test environment and are available to students, educators, parents and the community.
This link redirects to the PEAKS Student Preparation: Practice Tests and Tutorials resources.
Additional resources developed by the State of Alaska Department of Education (DEED) are also available to help better understand PEAKS and connect to curriculum, instruction and student learning.
Examples: PEAKS Test Design and Blueprints, Alaska Standards information, PEAKS Item Types, Text-Dependent-Analysis (TDA) resources and Student Supports
This link redirects to the PEAKS Resources information.
This link redirects to state-level, district-level and student-level PEAKS and Alternate Assessment results. In addition, information is provided to parents and guardians on accessing their child's scores in ParentConnect, along with assessment Parent Guides.