PEAKS Overview

  • In the spring of 2021, students took the Performance Evaluation for Alaska's Schools (PEAKS), a statewide summative assessment.  It assessed 3rd - 9th grade students' understanding of the Alaska English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematical Standards adopted in 2012.  Students in grades 5, 8, and 10 also took the Science assessment, which assessed students' understanding of the Alaska Science Standards adopted in 2019. Because it was the first year for the new science test and it was a field test, science reports are not available for 2021.  (Please note, starting in the 2021-22 school year, the state has selected a new assessment to replace PEAKS for ELA and math.  For more information , visit www.k12northstar.org/Page/10976.)

     

    PEAKS is a summative assessment of Alaskan students' performance against adopted state standards in English language arts, mathematics, and science.  PEAKS is 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. 

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PEAKS Reports

  • 2021 PEAKS reports are now available.  Students' individual PEAKS reports are located in PowerSchool under "Student Records" and then "Student File" (see image below). The reports are only available through a PowerSchool Guardian account and only when using a web browser. Reports are not available through the mobile app. 

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    Please note, Hunter Elementary was closed during the test window due to roof damage and most students were unable to take the test.  They will not receive a student report for the spring 2021 test.

     

    To view the 2017 - 2021 PEAKS assessment reports for the district and each school:

     


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