PEAKS Overview

  • 2020 PEAKS & Alaska Science Assessments
    March 30 - April 10  Middle Schools
    April 6 - April 10  High Schools
    April 6 - April 17  Paper-Based PEAKS
    April 13 - April 24  Elementary Schools
    March 30 - May 1  Makeups

    Contact your school for individual test schedules.

     

    The Performance Evaluation for Alaska’s Schools (PEAKS) and the Alaska Science Assessment are statewide summative assessments that encompass English language arts (ELA), mathematics, and science.  PEAKS is administered to students in grades 3-9, and assesses students' understanding of the Alaska ELA & mathematics standards adopted in 2012.  Students in grades 4, 8, and 10 will also take the science assessment, which is a summative test that measures students' understanding of the Alaska Science Grade Level Expectations (GLEs) adopted in 2006.
     
    Parents have the right to make educational decisions for their child, including whether to participate in statewide testing. Please check with your school principal for more information.
     

    For additional information on the PEAKS assessment:

     

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2019 PEAKS Reports

  • In the spring of 2019, Alaska's students took the Performance Evaluation of Alaska's Schools (PEAKS).  It assessed 3rd-9th grade students in English language arts and math. Students in grades 4, 8, and 10 also took the Alaska Science Asssessment.  

    PEAKS is a summative assessment of Alaskan students' performance against adopted state standards in English language arts and mathematics.  The Science summative assessment measures students' understanding of the Alaska Science Grade Level Expectiations that were adopted in 2006.  PEAKS and the Science assessment are not formative data that can directly inform daily instruction. These tests provide a high level view of Alaskan student learning, and is a snapshot of how groups of students perform when compared to Alaskan students as a whole.  It is not a definitive measure of the effectiveness of specific teachers, schools, or districts, and while it will be one factor in a future school rating system, it is not the sole determinant for school ratings or performance. PEAKS results provide one point of data, which will be considered as part of the district's larger data picture.  There is substantial evidence of the success of district students, including graduation rates, Alaska Performance Scholarship qualifiers, and other universal screening tools.

    2019 PEAKS reports will be available in PowerSchool in September.  Students' individual PEAKS reports from previous years are now available for in PowerSchool under "Student Records" and then "Student File" (see image below). The reports are only available through the PowerSchool Guardian account and only when using a web browser. Reports are not available through the mobile app. 

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    You can view the 2018 & 2017 PEAKS assessment reports for the district overall and each school.

     

    For additional information on PEAKS Reports:

    For more information, see the Educator and Parent Guides to Reports.

    Questions about student PEAKS results can be directed to your child's teacher(s) or school.

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