"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 informtion"
Dear Parent or Guardian,
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. In the spring of 2020, the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District will administer PEAKS to students in grades 3-9 and assess students’ understanding of the Alaska ELA and mathematics standards adopted in 2012. Students in grades 4, 8, and 10 will also take the Alaska Science Assessment, which is a summative test that measures students’ understanding of the Alaska Science Grade Level Expectations adopted in 2006.
Students will take the PEAKS and Alaska Science assessments during the following test windows at Arctic Light:
April 7th--9th: PEAKS for 5th-8th grades
April 14th--16th: PEAKS for 3rd-4th grades
April 21st: Reserved for testing if needed
March 30th--April 30th: PEAKS make-up tests or early testing for students who will be moving
Please note, no electronic devices, besides those used for testing, will be allowed in the testing environment. This includes, but is not limited to, cell phones, earbuds, laptops, iPads, e-readers, smart watches, fitness trackers, etc. Please be mindful of this and remind your child these devices are to be turned off and stored safely away.
Enclosed you will find “Why Should my Child Take the State Assessment,” an informative document released by the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development (DEED). The Fairbanks North Star Borough School District also has additional information for parents available at www.k12northstar.org/Page/8871. Parents have the right to make educational decisions for their child, including whether to participate in statewide testing. Please contact me for more information.
If you have any questions about the upcoming spring assessment, please contact your school or call the Department of Teaching and Learning at 452-2000 ext. 11422.