DEED Releases PEAKS and Alaska Science Assessment Results
September 07, 2018
PEAKS and the Alaska Science Assessment are Alaska’s statewide summative assessments. PEAKS is the assessment for English language arts and mathematics, and was administered to students in grades three to nine. The Alaska Science Assessment was administered to students in grades four, eight and ten. The statewide assessments are just one piece of a balanced assessment system.
Approximately 78,600 students participated in this administration of PEAKS and the Alaska Science Assessment. Students score on a scale that is divided into four levels of achievement: advanced, proficient, below proficient, and far below proficient.
“This year’s PEAKS results show the kind of incremental sustainable growth that will change the trajectory of our system of public schools and the lives of individual students. Though the growth is marginal, it represents a collective commitment to improve the success of our students,” said Alaska Education Commissioner Dr. Michael Johnson. “Continued growth will only be achievable if Alaskans work together to demand an excellent education for every student every day.” Commissioner Johnson thanked students, educators and parents for their commitment and hard work.
Statewide overall, 42.4 percent of students scored at a proficient level in English language arts representing 3.4 percent growth from 2017, 36.7 percent of students scored at a proficient level in mathematics representing 2.8 percent growth from 2017, and 47 percent of students scored at a proficient level in science representing 0.6 percent growth from 2017.
The Performance Evaluation for Alaska’s Schools (PEAKS) and the Alaska Science Assessment were administered in spring of 2018 to students in grades 3-9 and grades 4, 8, and 10. According to the Alaska Department of Education, the assessments measure a student’s understanding of Alaska’s standards.
Ketchikan School-Level 2018 Performance Evaluation (PEAKS) English, Language Arts, Mathematics
Ketchikan School-Level 2018 Alaska Science Assessment Results (ASA)
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