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National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)

about 1 year ago

The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) is a national assessment of a representative sampling of America's students in grades 4 and 8 conducted by the National Center for Education Statistics. Results are only given at the state-level; no school or student results are provided.

NAEP is administered by a federally contracted assessment team that receives extensive training to ensure consistent administration across the nation.

The 2017 administration of NAEP will be administered for the first time as a digitally based assessment. 

The Juneau School District administers the assessment every two years. The following schools will be administering the NAEP during the 2016-2017 school year:

Auke Bay Elementary; Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School, Floyd Dryden Middle School, Gastineau Elementary, Glacier Valley Elementary, Harborview Elementary, Juneau Community Charter School, Mendenhall River Community School, Montessori Borealis Alternative School, and Riverbend Elementary.

Additional information regarding the NAEP can be found on the  Alaska Department of Education and Early Development website:

English Language Proficiency (ELP)

about 1 year ago

English Language Proficiency (ELP) Assessment

Students in grades Kindergarten through 12 who have been formally identified as limited English proficient (LEP) students must be assessed annually to monitor their progress in acquiring academic English. Alaska’s secure large-scale English language proficiency (ELP) assessment is based on the WIDA* English Language Proficiency Standards, 2007. It is a tool used to assess the proficiency levels of LEP students’ receptive and productive skills in English in the areas of Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing. The English language proficiency assessment focuses on the progress and proficiency levels of academic language rather than content area knowledge and skills, therefore, some accommodations that might be appropriate for the classroom or content areas tests should not be used with the ELP assessment as they will invalidate the test. Assessment administration information is available on the World-class Instructional Design and Assessment (WIDA) website. Additional information is available on the  Alaska Department of Education and Early Development website.

Alternate English Language Proficiency (ELP) Assessment

The Alternate ELP assessment is an assessment of English language proficiency (ELP) for students in grades 1 -12 who are formally identified as Limited English Proficient (LEP) and have significant cognitive disabilities that prevent their meaningful participation in the regular English language proficiency assessment. The No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB; 2001) requires that all students identified as LEP be assessed annually for English language proficiency, including students who receive special education services. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA; 2004) also mandates that students with disabilities participate in state-wide and district-wide assessment programs, including alternate assessments with appropriate accommodations, when it is documented in their Individualized Education Programs (IEP).

Each test form in the Alternate ELP test assesses the four language domains of Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing. Test forms are divided into the following grade-level clusters: 1 – 2, 3 – 5, 6 – 8 and 9 – 12.

DIBELS Next (Early Literacy Screener) 

about 1 year ago

The Juneau School District administers the DIBELS Next assessment three times a year to all students in grades K-5. It is an assessment used to measure the acquisition of early literacy skills from kindergarten through sixth grade.

Taken from the Dynamic Measurement Group website:

DIBELS stands for Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills , and is comprised of six measures that function as indicators of the essential skills that every child must master to become a proficient reader.

The DIBELS measures are brief (most take one minute to administer), and are used to regularly monitor the development of early literacy and early reading skills. DIBELS was designed for use in identifying children experiencing difficulty in the acquisition of basic early literacy skills, in order to provide support early and prevent the occurrence of later reading difficulties.

DIBELS has been specifically designed to be used within a problem-solving, outcomes-driven model of decision-making and response to intervention. The DIBELS measures are reliable and valid. Research-based benchmark goals are available which define a level at which the odds are in the student's favor of meeting later reading outcome goals.

Measuring Academic Progress (MAP)

9 months ago

The Juneau School District administers the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) in Reading, Language Usage, and Mathematics to students in grades 3-10 three times a year. 

MAP tests are adaptive, meaning that they dynamically adjust to each student's performance. As a student answers a test question on a computer, the program immediately analyzes the student's response, and based on how well the student has answered previous questions, selects a question of appropriate difficulty to display next.

MAP are interim assessments that measure growth, project proficiency on high-stakes tests, and inform how educators differentiate instruction, evaluate programs, and structure curriculum.

MAP assessments are grade independent and adapt to each student's instructional level. Every item on a MAP assessment is anchored to a vertically aligned equal interval scale, called the RIT scale for Rasch UnIT — a stable measurement, like inches on a ruler, that covers all grades.

And because the measurement is reliable and accurate, RIT scores serve as an essential data point in a student's learning plan; educators can see their precise learning level and respond accordingly.

Parents Guide to MAP Growth
Parent Toolkit
Essentials: Continuum of Learning

PEAKS Assessment

8 months ago

The Performance Evaluation for Alaska's Schools (PEAKS) Assessment is a summative assessment administered to all students in grades 3 through 9 every spring.

The Spring of 2017 was the first administration of the assessment. This assessment measures the skills and concepts of the Alaska English/Language Arts (ELA) and Math Standards.

The assessment provides information to parents, educators, policy makers, communities, and businesses about how Alaska's schools and district's are performing.

For more information about this assessment and the standards measured visit the Department of Education and Early Development (DEED) website.


Parent Guide to Student Reports

College or Career Readiness Assessment

8 months ago

The Juneau School District provides funding for all students to take a College- or Career-Readiness Assessment (CCRA). The approved career-readiness assessment is Workkeys; the approved college- readiness assessments are the ACT or the SAT. Students choose which assessment best fits their post-secondary path.

The Juneau School District will pay for one administration of one College- or Career-Readiness Assessment (CCRA) per student while the student is in grade 11. High school students may take the assessment during the scheduled school day(s) of administration.

The following websites provide parent information for each assessment:

o WorkKeys:

o ACT:

o SAT:

The Alaska Performance Scholarship (APS) also requires students to take WorkKeys, the SAT or the ACT to earn an award. The APS has different requirements regarding student scores. Please visit for more information on qualifying for the APS.

For more information or questions regarding this new requirement, please contact your high school guidance counselor or principal.