ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - Across the state, students take the annual Performance Evaluation of Alaska's Schools (PEAKS) assessment test. And on Wednesday, the Alaska Policy Forum released two online maps to depict 2017's public school test results.
One map focuses on the Anchorage School District's overall performance:
(App users, to view Alaska Policy Forum's 2017 ASD Peaks Data map, follow this link).
While the other map compares overall testing results of all other statewide schools:
(App users, to view Alaska Policy Forum's 2017 Alaska Statewide Peaks Data map, follow this link).
The Alaska Policy Forum draws their data from the most recent PEAKS assessment, which was administered in public schools statewide in the spring of 2017. The students, who were required to take the test, included those in the third-grade through the 10th-grade.
According to the Alaska Department of Education & Early Development, the purpose of the PEAKS assessment is to "provide information to parents, educators, policy makers, communities and businesses about how Alaska’s schools and districts are performing."
Overall data from 2017's PEAKS assessment indicates that many schools and districts across the state are under performing, currently.
Many schools had red markers, which indicated under proficiency between 51 to 100 percent. There were a handful of schools with yellow markers, which indicated under proficiency between 31 percent to 50 percent. And there were a few schools with green markers, which indicated under proficiency between zero percent to 30 percent.
Within Anchorage, only 6 schools were in the green zone, including:
- Aquarian Charter School
- Bayshore Elementary
- Bear Valley Elementary
- Eagle Academy Charter School
- Homestead Elementary
- Northern Lights ABC K-8 School