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.
Public Survey Results
Throughout February, nearly 1,400 Alaskans in 109 communities submitted over 18,000 ideas for topics to be considered during Alaska’s Education Challenge – a comprehensive analysis and reconsideration of our system of public education that will take place throughout 2017. Governor Walker and the State Board of Education are thankful for the overwhelming number of thoughtful responses as we work together to provide an excellent education for every student every day.
Though a second survey was initially considered, Alaskans’ willingness to participate in the February survey provided ample data to both identify and prioritize the topics. The co-chairs of each of the five committees will have a large amount of data to inform the discussions over the next several months.
Your continued input is essential as Alaskans work together to effect transformative change in the state’s public education system. All gatherings of the five committees are public meetings. The State Board of Education will approve final recommendations, which will be submitted to the Governor and the Alaska Legislature in December 2017.
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
- 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