In 2012, the State Board of Education & Early Development adopted new educator evaluation regulations. The new guidelines require educators to be evaluated through observations and input from students and parents. Evaluation should identify educators’ strengths and weaknesses and support educators'efforts to improve instruction and to grow professionally. Beginning in the 2015-2016 school year, teachers and administrators also will be evaluated using student learning data.


Events supported by the Alaska Department of Education & Early Development that feature statewide initiatives and programs can be found on the Events Calendar.


Documents and tools that support districts and educators to build knowledge and skills with standards implementation, assessments, and educator evaluation.


Awareness materials related to standards, assessments, and educator evaluation as well as archived presentations.


Included in a module is a 1-2 hour PowerPoint presentation, presentation guide, activity guide, handouts and resources.
In September 2012 Alaska applied for a flexibility waiver from the provisions of the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). The waiver was approved in May 2013 by the United States Department of Education. In June 2013, the State Board adopted a new accountability system for our public schools. The new system has been named the Alaska School Performance Index (ASPI). The ASPI system effectively replaces the former Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) model that has been in place since 2002.



2003 - 2012

Under the new state accountability system and approved ESEA Flexibility Waiver, Alaska has set new Annual Measurable Objective (AMO) targets in reading, writing, and mathematics that are ambitious but achievable.
  • AMO targets are set for the all-students group and for each of the currently required subgroups that have at least 5 students (economically disadvantaged students, limited English proficient students, students with disabilities, and all six ethnic groups).
  • The targets, in each assessed subject, increase in annual increments toward a goal of reducing by half the percentage of students who are not proficient within six years (based on the 2012 assessment data for the baseline year).
  • Targets have been set for the state, each district, and each school. A school or district will meet the AMO targets if it meets either the state target or its individual school or district target. The target of 95% participation in assessments must be met to meet the AMO target.