Majority of Alaska schools fall short of education targets

Less than half Alaska public schools made “adequate yearly progress” last year under the federal education law.

The state education department says 236 of Alaska’s 507 public schools met all their targets during the 2011-2012 school year, or about 46.5 percent.

To make “adequate yearly progress,” each school must meet 40 targets, ranging from graduation and attendance rates to the percentage of students who are proficient in specific academic areas.

While the Juneau School District met 94 percent of the targets, fewer individual Juneau schools met overall A-Y-P.

Of the 14 Juneau schools measured, Auke Bay Elementary, Juneau Community Charter School, and Johnson Youth Center met all A-Y-P targets in the last school year.  Four schools met 38 and two schools met 39 of the 40 targets.

AYP is measured in Alaska by Standards Based Assessment (SBA) that tests proficiency in  reading and math for students in grades 3 – 10.

AYP results are available on the DEED website.

The Juneau School District will present the results to the public at the annual School Summit on Aug. 30 at Thunder Mountain High School from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

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