Alaska saw a significant drop in test scores during the latest National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) in 2017. The NAEP is an assessment conducted by US Department of Education every odd-numbered year, […]
The below response was submitted to the Anchorage Daily News on March 6, 2018 but they have refused to publish it. What a shame that they are not willing to engage in the […]
By Dave Donley, Anchorage School Board Member At the February 20 Anchorage School Board meeting, I voted against the proposed Anchorage School District FY19 operating budget and a new six-year capital plan. After […]
The Alaska Policy Forum weighs in on the Story of the Day at ChoiceMedia.TV ‘Bill Paves the Way for Unlicensed Teachers in Indiana Classrooms as Answer to Shortage’ – Alaska Policy Forum’s @Bethany.Marcum […]
Every year we hear the same refrain from many school districts, “We need more funding or we will have to fire teachers.” It would seem that Alaska’s funding of more than $20,000 per […]
This bill will enable military spouses to continue to participate in the Alaska economy, provide needed services to Alaskans, and more importantly provide harmony to those military families stationed in Alaska. I would […]
In his opinion piece Feb. 3 in the Anchorage Daily News, House District 22 Rep. Jason Grenn calls for ending the annual “Pink-Slip circus.” Many agree with him that this is bad local […]
There are many factors in student success, and an opinion piece in the Juneau Empire recently highlighted an extremely important, yet sensitive one: teacher accountability. In his piece, author Win Gruening points out […]
The Anchorage teachers union wants a 3% pay raise for its members. Fact: the median salary and benefits for a full time ASD employee is $ 90,506. Benefits account for 32% of this total.
Our Senior Policy Fellow David Boyle had an article recently posted on the national EdChoice website. We agree that we should say, “thank you for your service” by giving military families access to […]
Military families have greater challenges than most when it comes to finding the best K12 education for their kids. And active duty families favor school choice overwhelmingly–75%.
The recently-released PEAKs student test scores should be eye-opening for parents, students and every Alaskan who values public K-12 education. Unfortunately, these recent test scores are not just an anomaly; they are further […]
The Alaska Policy Forum has released online maps visually depicting school test results from the recently released Performance Evaluation for Alaska’s Schools, or PEAKS. The PEAKS assessment is a general overview of public […]
On Sep 18, Charles Wohlforth posted an opinion piece in the ADN with a headline that read: “A fourth of Alaska students are chronically absent. No wonder test scores are so bad.” In […]
Anchorage teachers: Here’s a great way to save about $325. You can offset the loss of your PFD by the governor to buy groceries, gas, clothes, anything you want with YOUR money.
Alaska spends tons of money on K12 education and gets little return on its investment, compared to other states like Florida and Massachusetts. What is Alaska doing wrong? Will spending more get better student achievement? Not if this table is any indication.