Governor Dunleavy: "2019 PEAKS assessment should remind all Alaskans we have significant room for growth when it come to improving our education system in Alaska" - P.O.W. Report

Monday, September 9, 2019

Governor Dunleavy: "2019 PEAKS assessment should remind all Alaskans we have significant room for growth when it come to improving our education system in Alaska"


In response to inquiries on the 2019 Performance Evaluation for Alaska’s Schools (PEAKS) assessment results, released yesterday by the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development, Alaska Governor Michael J. Dunleavy shared the following statement:

“The results of the 2019 PEAKS assessment should remind all Alaskans that we have significant room for growth when it comes to improving our education system in Alaska. While some may wish to point fingers or make excuses, it is in our students’ best interest that we use these results as an opportunity to increase our sense of urgency and our commitment to better outcomes.

“My administration believes we should work towards the Alaska’s Education Challenge plan that focuses our efforts on measurable goals that will increase student performance, including all our children reading proficiently by the time they finish the third grade, that all children are proficient in Algebra by the time they finish the eighth grade, and we provide relevant hands-on education opportunities that can translate into good paying careers. Until we agree that we have performance issues – in many of our schools – in these basic educational benchmarks, we will continue to shortchange students and impact their futures.

“This is something we should all lock arms around so we may do what’s best for our kids. As my administration has stated in the past, we must also be willing to move beyond the idea that more money, without changes to the way we provide education, will produce different results.”


Some Results of the Study: 



Overall, 39.2 percent of students scored at a proficient level in English language arts, 35.7 percent of students scored at a proficient level in mathematics, and 44.6 percent of students scored at a proficient level in science.

Highlights:

* The 2017 grade 4 student class achieved growth over three years in English language
arts proficiency

  • Grade 4: 38.8 percent proficient in 2017 
  • Grade 5: 41.1 percent proficient in 2018 
  • Grade 6: 45.5 percent proficient in 2019

*English learners achieved an increase in English language arts AND math proficiency

  • English language arts: 8.6 percent proficient in 2018 to 9.9 percent proficient in 2019

*Math: 11.9 percent proficient in 2018 to 13.0 percent proficient in 2019

*Grade 9 students in 2019 achieved a 5.2 percent increase in math proficiency than grade 9 students the year prior. This was the second year the grade 9 math PEAKS assessment emphasized Algebra 1 concepts.

  • The 2017 grade 8 student class achieved growth over two years in science proficiency o Grade 8: 46.9 percent in 2017
  • Grade 10: 53.6 percent in 2019


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