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2018 PEAKS State Assessment

The Performance Evaluation for Alaska’s Schools (PEAKS) is Alaska’s summative assessment administered to students in Grades 3-9 (English language arts and mathematics) and grades 4, 8 and 10 (science) each spring.  The purpose of a large-scale, summative assessment is to provide parents and schools an overall picture of a student’s progress in meeting the Alaska standards at his/her grade level.  The assessment is taken on the computer and is not timed, but each content area takes approximately 100-180 minutes.

Parents can locate resources for the PEAKS assessment, including directions for PEAKS Practice tests, called Online Tools Training and PEAKS Tutorials (under Frequently Asked Questions), on the ASD website at

Parents can also help by ensuring their children are well rested, eat a nutritious breakfast, and are at school on time for the days of testing. Please avoid scheduling appointments on your child’s testing days.

The PEAKS testing window below provides a framework for which weeks are used for testing at each grade level.  Our school will be testing March 26-April 6.


2018 State PEAKS Testing Window:  March 26-April 27


  • 3rd & 4th Grades: March 26-30
  • 5th & 6th Grades: April 2-6
  • Make-ups: As needed until April 27