History of the Standards
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*Governor Walter J. Hickel directs Commissioner of Education Jerry Covey to develop a plan to improve Alaska’s system of public schools.
*The Governor’s Blue Ribbon Commission initiates Alaska 2000 (AK2K) a reform movement led by more than 100 Alaskans.
*The State Board of Education approves AK2K recommendations, including the goal of developing student academic standards in ten core areas: English, mathematics, science, geography, history, skills for a healthy life, government and citizenship, fine arts, technology and world languages.
*The State Board commits to developing content standards in the ten core identified subject areas.
*Two rounds of public hearings are held on the content standards in math, science and English/language arts.
*Content standards in math, science and English/language arts are adopted and take effect on January 4, 1995. http://www.eed.state.ak.us/standards/
*Public hearings are held on the history, geography, government and health content standards and they are adopted to take effect July 26, 1995. http://www.eed.state.ak.us/standards/
|1995||Governor Knowles takes office and a new State Board appoints
Shirley Holloway Commissioner of the Department.
World Language and technology content standards receive public review and are adopted by the Board to take effect March 28, 1996. http://www.eed.state.ak.us/standards/
|1996||*The Alaska Quality Schools Initiative (QSI) http://www.eed.state.ak.us/standards/
replaces AK2K as Alaska’s major school reform initiative. QSI has
four major strands: High Student Academic Standards and Assessments, Quality
Professional Standards, Family, School, Business and Community Network,
and School Excellence Standards.
*School and community leaders attend the Knowles Administration’s first Education Summit in Girdwood and the Department commits to developing a results-based system of education based on standards.
|1997||*The Legislature passes the secondary pupil competency testing
law (AS 14.03.075) http://old-www.legis.state.ak.us/cgi-bin/folioisa.dll/stattx02?
requiring all high school students to pass an exit exam in order to receive
a diploma. Those who do not pass get a certificate of attendance. (Effective
date: February 1, 2004).
*The Department of Education makes the English/Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies frameworks available in CD-ROM format developed by the Department between 1995-1997 to assist educators in implementing standards-based curriculum.
|1998||*The Council for Basic Education (CBE) http://www.c-b-e.org/
reviews Alaska’s proposed reading, writing and math performance standards.
The department makes changes to standards as recommended by CBE.
*Governor Knowles signs into law Senate Bill 36 (AS14.07.020 (b). http://old-www.legis.state.ak.us/cgi-bin/folioisa.dll/stattx02? that requires the development of student performance standards in reading, writing and mathematics. Benchmark exams at designated grade levels are required.
The QSI portion of SB36 required the following:
*The Education Commission of the States http://www.ecs.org/ submits a partial review of Alaska’s proposed performance standards in reading, writing and mathematics. The review is favorable.
*The State Board adopts the student employability standards as an eleventh content standard. http://www.eed.state.ak.us/standards/employability.html
*Frameworks in Arts, World Languages, and Health were developed by the Department and published in print form.
|1999||*The State Board adopts student performance standards in
reading, writing and mathematics. http://www.eed.state.ak.us/tls/PerformanceStandards/
*Benchmark exams for grades 3, 6 and 8 and high school exams are field
tested statewide. The State Board mandates all sophomores to take the
*Public schools complete first developmental profiles of kindergarten and first grade students. http://www.eed.state.ak.us/tls/assessment/developmental.html
*The State Board adopts by reference the content and performance standards contained in the publication Alaska Standards: Content and Performance Standards for Alaska Students. http://www.eed.state.ak.us/tls/PerformanceStandards/
*The Board adopts by reference the employability content standards. http://www.eed.state.ak.us/standards/employability.html
|2000||*Governor Knowles appoints an Education Funding Task Force
to recommend a five-year funding plan to fulfill the goals of the QSI and
improve education in Alaska.
*The State Board adopts passing scores for the high school exam. http://www.eed.state.ak.us/tls/assessment/hsgqe.html
*Education Summit 2000 develops strategies to help more children meet the state’s new higher standards in reading, writing and mathematics. School district teams examine the performance of their students on state tests and learn how to analyze and score data and to improve schools to better meet the learning needs of students.
*The second high school exam is administered statewide. http://www.eed.state.ak.us/tls/assessment/hsgqe.html
*The State Board adopts proficiency cut scores for the benchmark exams. http://www.eed.state.ak.us/tls/assessment/benchmark.html
*The School Designator Committee meets to recommend elements of a system to rate schools as distinguished, successful, deficient and in crisis.
*The first administration of the high school and benchmark exams is conducted statewide. All 10th grade students are required to take the high school exam. http://www.eed.state.ak.us/tls/assessment/
*Alaska content standards are measured against National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) standards. Alaska’s standards match well with NAEP standards. http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/
*Committees meet to recommend passing scores for the high school exam and proficiency scores for the benchmark exams.