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Glimmerings of riches in the Gravels of AMP

By David Nees


November 29, 2015
Sunday AM

Alaska Measurement of Progress (AMP) has become an Alaska sensation; it reminds me of the everlasting boom and bust economic cycles of Alaska and Canada’s Yukon. For the 19 Alaska School District Superintendents with struggling schools, the test told them nothing.

In contrast, the Big Five Alaska Districts trumpeted their above-average standings.

However, hypnotic whispers of fabulous educational riches sounded softly in some areas of the state; places where the educational streams yielded panfulls of AMP gold. Are these the locales where educational streams are producing? Let’s consider the data:

Bristol Bay Region

Naknek-50% of tested students ranked in the highest levels of English Language Arts (ELA), 47 % in Math.

Chatham District

Gustavus-68% proficient in ELA, 56% in Math.

Copper River District

Kenney Lake--59% in ELA, 50% in Math.


Greely Elementary-48% in ELA, 25% Math

Haines District

Haines Elementary-52% in ELA, 36% Math

Nome School District

Anvil City Elementary-50% in ELA, 37% Math


Mitkof-54% in ELA, 46% Math
Stedman-55% in ELA, 42% Math


Skagway-62% in ELA, 62% Math


Unalaska Middle School-46% in ELA, 45% Math


Tanalian-57% in ELA, 54% Math


Hutchins-52% in ELA, 37% Math


Evergreen-45% in ELA, 61% Math
Stikinems-48% in ELA, 43% Math

Parents Is it time to pack your child’s bags and send them to Aunti in Naknek, Uncle in Unalaska, Cousin in Valdez?

Or Is it time to stake a claim, pack a bag and move the family to these small town schools and communities, they sure could use the students.

Perhaps, like Harry Potter like they will become wizards of Math, English and Reading. Perhaps, the rest of the state Superintendents can look at why those schools worked.

Good job everyone working in these outlying districts; job well done.

David Nees
Anchorage, Alaska

About:"David Nees is a retired ASD math teacher and former member of the Sustainable Education Task force.."

Received November 25, 2015 - Published November 29, 2015


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