Department surveys Alaskans
October 25, 2008
As Alaska takes initial steps to develop a statewide plan for
education from preschool to post-secondary, the state wants to
know what Alaskans think about education and expectations for
high school graduates.
Two online surveys have been posted by the Alaska Department
of Education & Early Development. The surveys are brief,
and respondents will be anonymous.
There is no deadline to complete the surveys. However, results
from surveys completed by November 3 will be reported to participants
at the upcoming statewide summit on education, "Building
Alaska's Future One Student at a Time," which will be held
November 13-14 in Anchorage.
Attendance at the summit is by invitation. But every Alaskan
can have a voice by completing the surveys.
"It is very important that Alaskans from all walks of life
and all regions of our state -- whether they are parents, students,
businesspeople, elders, or educators -- contribute their ideas
and hopes for education in Alaska by completing the surveys,"
said Alaska Education Commissioner Larry LeDoux. "Their
expertise and perspectives will be valuable to the summit's participants."
The purposes of the summit are to garner consensus for a broadly
stated education plan, which will be further refined by working
groups after the summit, and to lay out the attributes that Alaskans
want high school graduates to have.
Respondents should complete both surveys. The first survey, called
"Education Survey," asks respondents to rate their
satisfaction with various aspects of their schools, academic
standards, public information, the strengths of schools and the
challenges they face, and what steps would improve the graduation
rate. In addition to the questions, there are opportunities to
provide open-ended comments.
The second survey, called "Student Outcomes Survey,"
asks respondents about the attributes they would like to see
our high school graduates possess. Attributes may include knowledge,
communication skills, critical thinking, creativity, personal
responsibility and citizenship, among others.
The results of the summit will be posted on the department's
web site, and the public will have an opportunity to comment
On the Web:
Student Outcomes Survey
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