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2023 AK STAR and Alaska Science Results | April 2024

Dear district families and staff,

 

The State of Alaska recently released the spring 2023 AK Star and Alaska Science Assessment results. You can view a summary of the statewide results, but I also wanted to provide an overview of our district results.

 

Your student report can be found in PowerSchool under “Student Records” and “Student File”. If you have any trouble logging in to PowerSchool, please contact your school’s front office for support. District reports and school specific reports are also available.

 

About Alaska Assessments

Alaska’s statewide assessments in English language arts, math, and science provide information about how schools and districts are performing. Alaska uses the AK STAR and Alaska Science assessments to inform schools, teachers, families, and students of where they are in their learning toward mastery of the Alaska Content Standards. AK STAR was adopted in 2023, and the results set a new baseline for evaluating student performance in the coming years.

 

Student Participation in Spring 2023 Assessments

We saw great participation in the grade levels that were assessed. AK STAR assesses students in grades 3-9 and Alaska Science Assessment is directed towards students in grades 5, 8, and 10. 

Summary of District Performance

Students in our district assessed well compared to statewide results. 34% of our English language arts students met grade-level standards compared to 32% of statewide students. In math, 32% of students met grade-level standards, which was the same as statewide results. In science, our students performed markedly better than the statewide average, with 43% of district students meeting grade-level standards compared to 37% of statewide students.

 

Grade 5 students consistently had the highest achievement results in the assessed subject areas. This aligns with trends statewide. Students in grades 3 for English language arts and grade 4 for math showed the greatest need for more support. For science, the greatest need was shown in grade 10.

 

English Language Arts

  • 34% of students met grade-level standards

  • Students in grade 5 had the highest achievement levels

  • Students in grade 3 demonstrated the greatest need for support.

Mathematics

  • 32% of students met grade-level standards

  • Students in grade 5 had the highest achievement levels

  • Students in grade 4 demonstrated the greatest need for support.

Science

  • 43% of students met grade-level standards

  • Students in grade 5 had the highest achievement levels

  • Students in grade 10 demonstrated the greatest need for support.

 

What’s Next

By the beginning of the 2024-25 school year, districts will have access to two years of student performance data, enabling us to establish performance targets, identify areas of strength for reinforcement, and pinpoint areas of growth requiring additional support and resources.

 

I’m proud of our students and look forward to the important work of improving our student outcomes. Educators and families play a vital role in the success of students and, working together, there’s a huge potential for growth that we can achieve.

 

Sincerely,

Dr. Luke Meinert, Superintendent