Alaska Assessments   

High School Graduation Qualifying Exam (HSGQE)

  • Governor Sean Parnell signed his comprehensive education legislation, House Bill 278, Alaska's Education Opportunity Act into law on May 13, 2014. HB 278 repeals the Alaska High School Graduation Qualifying Exam and replaces it with a student's choice of the SAT, ACT, or WorkKeys assessments.
  • The repeal of the HSGQE became effective on July 1, 2014.
  • Students who have received a certificate of achievement instead of a diploma for the sole reason that they were unable to pass a portion of the HSGQE are eligible to receive a diploma from their school following July 1, 2014.

Alaska's Comprehensive System of Student Assessments (CSSA)

  • Alaska’s assessment system is composed of a seven statewide assessments including a standards-based assessment to measure student attainment of the state’s standards; the Kindergarten Developmental Profile; an Early Literacy Screener; an alternate assessment for students with significant cognitive disabilities; an assessment to identify English language proficiency; a college and career readiness assessment; and biennial participation in the National Assessment of Education Progress.

Alaska Measures of Progress (AMP)

  • Alaska has chosen the Achievement and Assessment Institute (AAI) at the University of Kansas to develop a custom assessment that measures the Alaska English Language Arts & Mathematics Standards adopted in 2012. Our previous assessment, the Standards Based Assessment (SBA) was administered for the final time in April 2014. The new, custom assessment from AAI, Alaska Measures of Progress (AMP), will be administered for the first time in spring 2015.

  • 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.