August 10, 2005
Certification, addresses the group.
Photo courtesy Alaska Department of Education
Superintendents had the opportunity to meet with professional education staff members who are the key communication links between school districts and the department.
State education administrators also reviewed their efforts to meet the Murkowski administration's four education goals: promote academic growth for all students; continue to refine the state's assessment and accountability system; promote the continuous growth of professionals and paraprofessionals to provide effective standards-based instruction; and increase effective instructional time.
Barbara Thompson, director of teaching and learning support, told superintendents that the state's teacher-mentoring program, begun last school year, showed an increase in the retention of new and inexperienced teachers. The program, which placed 22 mentors in 101 schools last year, will use 24 to 28 mentors this year, she said. A program to coach new principals, begun in January, will increase from seven principal-coaches to 10 coaches, who will work with 70 to 100 new principals, Thompson said.
Les Morse, administrator of
assessment and accountability, told superintendents that the
department and the State Board of Education & Early Development
have reshaped the standardized assessments for grades three through
10, to comply with the federal No Child Left Behind Act.
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