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1992 1996
Student Achievement
(NAEP scores out of 100%)
Proficient in science,
8th grade:
Proficient in math,
8th grade:
? 30%
Disadvantaged Schools
(NAEP scores out of 100%)
Below basic in reading,
4th grade:
Below basic in math,
8th grade:
1997 1998
Standards and
C+ D+
of Teaching:
C D+
School Climate: C C-
Adequacy: C+ D-
Equity: D+ F
Allocation: F F
NOTE: The grades on school climate are not comparable from one year to the next because the data sources have changed.
? indicates the state did not participate in national assessment, survey, or data collection.
N/S indicates no schools in sample were disadvantaged.

COMMENT: Alaska has adopted voluntary academic standards, but they are not clear or rigorous. And the state does not have any tests that are aligned with its standards. On the other hand, it is one of the few states in which urban students score as well as or better than nonurban students on national tests. Now, the state is struggling to fix a finance formula that must balance the vastly different needs of its urban and rural populations.

  • 42% of state's population
  • 39% of state's children
  • 32% of state's poor children
  • 0% of state's children living in extremely impoverished neighborhoods

  • 38% of state's public school students
  • 29% of state's free-lunch students
  • 32% of state's minority students
  • 38% of state's Spring 1994 graduates
  • 27% of state's FY 1994 education spending

This report card is part of Quality Counts '98, a special report from Education Week on the Web.

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