Four schools in the Juneau School District have improved over last year, according to the Alaska School Performance Index. It rates public schools on a one to five star system for academic proficiency. ASPI uses a 100-point scale.
Johnson Youth Center now has three stars instead of two, Yaakoosge Daakahidi Alternative High School doubled their previous one-star rating to two stars, and Glacier Valley and Riverbend Elementary Schools went from three to four stars.
That means all six elementary schools, Juneau Community Charter School and both middle schools have a four-star rating. Auke Bay Elementary scored the highest in the district with 93.91, less than a tenth of a point shy of five stars.
Teaching and learning director Ted Wilson says there’s good news for Juneau-Douglas High School and Thunder Mountain High School.
“When it comes to their four-year on-time graduation rate, they were both up and they’re both very strong,” Wilson says.
The graduation rate of both high schools is around 90 percent.
In addition to academic proficiency, star ratings are based on attendance, graduation rates, and college and job readiness test scores.
This is the second year Alaska schools have used the star rating system. It replaces the federal Adequate Yearly Progress based on the No Child Left Behind law.
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