Alaska’s Education Challenge
Alaska faces obstacles to student achievement unlike those that exist in any other state in the nation. Alaska’s Education Challenge is to address our student achievement gaps and increase our graduation rates by making sure that every student across our state has equal opportunities to learn and succeed.
Together, we will meet Alaska’s education challenge by honoring our heritage, innovating for the future, and prioritizing for today’s fiscal challenges.
Through a process of gathering public input, the State Board of Education has already identified five priorities for Alaska’s public education system: Improve Student Learning, Ensure Excellent Educators, Modernize the Education System, Inspire Tribal and Community Ownership, and Promote Safety and Well-being.
Below is an introductory video about Alaska’s Education Challenge. You can also download a PDF overview document.
Alaskans are encouraged to express their priorities for public education reform in a new online survey. The survey is the first step in the State Board of Education’s participatory process to meet Governor Walker’s Alaska Education Challenge. View the timeline below for upcoming milestones.
The Commissioner of Education and Early Development will establish five committees to gather public input from a broad range of Alaskans regarding the above priorities. The State Board of Education will then lead a process of listening, gathering input, and reporting information to inform strategies to improve Alaska’s public education system. This brief survey asks Alaskans to provide up to five ideas for topics to be considered by each committee. In addition to suggesting areas of improvement for Alaska’s education system, Alaskans are encouraged to include initiatives that may already be working in their local school community.
Below is the timeline for Alaska’s Education Challenge. You can also download a PDF version of the timeline.
- February 1st, 2017
- Alaska’s Education Challenge survey opens
- February 15th
- Committee Structures Announced
- February 28th
- the State Board of Education committee co-chairs are announced
- March 31st
- Committee memberships announced
- April through September
- Committee meetings and town halls held statewide
- Recommendations from committees are collected intro draft report
- November 1st
- Final committee recommendations sent to the State Board of Education and made available for public comment
- By December 29th
- State Board of Education considers public comments, approves a final Alaska’s Education Challenge Recommendations report, and submits report to Governor and Legislature