Alaska Assessments   

  • Alaska’s current statewide assessment for grades 3-10 is the Standards Based Assessment, or SBA. This fixed-form assessment is aligned to the state’s Grade Level Expectations. It was designed for accountability under No Child Left Behind, including determinations of adequate yearly progress of schools and districts. The information was primarily used to determine if schools and districts were meeting state and federal requirements for improvements in student proficiency. Alaska will administer the SBA for reading, writing, and mathematics in spring 2014 while preparing for the implementation of the new computer-based assessment in spring 2015.

  • The Alaska Department of Education & Early Development (EED) will provide tools and support as districts and schools transition to computer- based assessment and computer-enhanced learning. Our students deserve the opportunity to be competitive in the global, technology-based economy. EED will work with districts to assess their technological readiness, determine courses of action to fill any gaps, and provide ongoing tools and supports as districts implement the Alaska standards and assessments.
  • As a part of a comprehensive system of student assessments required under AS 14.07.020(b) and 4 AAC 06.710, each district shall administer an approved early literacy screening assessment tool at least once during each school year to
  • (1) All students in kindergarten, first, and second grades
  • (2) Third grade students identified as experiencing delays in attaining early literacy skills during the second grade
  • The adopted regulation, as well as further information regarding the specifics of this regulation can be found on the fact sheet and FAQ documents above in the dark blue boxes. For further information regarding the implementation of literacy screeners, please contact Karen Melin at

  • Adopted Regulation for Early Literacy Screening - pdf
  • The Governor’s budget included funding to support all districts in the use of early literacy screening assessments for students in grade K – 3. The amount received per district is provided on the document below.
  • Alaska Early Literacy Screening School District Allocations - pdf

  • For districts that are already using an early literacy screening tool, the regulations may require no changes to current practice other than the reporting of data to EED. EED will provide districts with additional information regarding how, specifically, the data will be reported. For more information regarding data submission, please contact Brian Laurent at
  • The purpose of the Alternate Assessment is to provide an opportunity for students with significant cognitive disabilities (SWSCD) to have access to, participate in, and make progress in the general education curriculum in compliance with state and federal law. It is expected that only a small number (less than two percent) of all students will participate in an alternate assessment in spring 2014. Alaska’s alternate assessments cover the content areas of reading, writing, and mathematics for students in grades 3 through 10, and science for students in grades 4, 8, and 10.


  • As a member of the WIDA Consortium, Alaska administers the WIDA ACCESS for ELLs assessment to annually assess the progress and proficiency levels of identified limited English proficient (LEP) students in grades kindergarten through 12. Alaska will administer the ACCESS for ELLs assessment in spring 2014 and spring 2015

  • Alaska recently joined the Assessment Services Supporting ELs through Technology Systems Consortium (ASSETS) and will be field testing in selected districts in spring 2014. Full implementation scheduled for spring 2016.

What is ASSETS?

The ASSETS Consortium, funded by a U.S. Department of Education Enhanced Assessment Grant, is a four-year partner project with WIDA and the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, to create a next generation, technology-based assessment system for English language learners.

Who is involved?

ASSETS members include 27 of the 31 WIDA states.

What are the benefits to Alaska?

Alaska would have a voice when voting on issues and policy-making decisions. Participation in subcommittees and item review are just a few activities in which Alaska would have opportunities to provide feedback.