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Alaska School Performance Index
Through a federal waiver from major provisions of the No Child Left Behind Act, the Alaska School Performance Index (ASPI) replaces the accountability system of Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP). Alaska received the waiver in May 2013 because it proactively adopted academic standards for kindergarten through grade 12 that prepare high school graduates to be ready for careers and postsecondary education; adopted regulations that require school districts to consider student achievement when evaluating educators; and crafted an Alaska accountability and support system, known as the Alaska School Performance Index.

Under the new state accountability system and approved waiver, Alaska has set new Annual Measurable Objective (AMO) targets in reading, writing, and mathematics. AMO targets are set for the all-students group and each of the currently required subgroups. Each school and district will have its own annual goal for improvement, based on reducing its percentage of non-proficient students by half in six years. The new accountability system will rank schools on a 100-point scale, based on student growth as well as proficiency in state assessments, attendance, high school graduation, and student performance on work-ready and college entrance exams. Based on the 100-point scale, schools will receive a rating of one star to five stars.

More information can be found on the Department of Education and Early Development website which can be accessed by clicking this block.

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