Public education in Alaska

From Ballotpedia
Jump to: navigation, search

K-12 Education in Alaska
Flag of Alaska.png
Education facts
State Superintendent: Michael Hanley
Number of students: 131,167[1]
Number of teachers: 8,088
Teacher/pupil ratio: 1:16.2
Number of school districts: 54
Number of schools: 511
Graduation rate: 70%[2]
Per-pupil spending: $16,674[3]
See also
Alaska Department of EducationAlaska school districtsList of school districts in AlaskaAlaskaSchool boards portal
Policypedia
Education policy logo.jpg
Education policy project
Public education in the United States
Public education in Alaska
Glossary of education terms
Note: The statistics on this page are mainly from government sources, including the U.S. Census Bureau and the National Center for Education Statistics. Figures given are the most recent as of June 2014, with school years noted in the text or footnotes.
The Alaska public school system (prekindergarten-grade 12) operates within districts governed by locally elected school boards members and superintendents. In 2012, Alaska had 131,167 students enrolled in a total of 511 schools in 54 school districts. There were 8,088 teachers in the public schools, or roughly one teacher for every 16 students, which was the same as the national average. There was roughly one administrator for every 193 students, compared to the national average of one administrator for every 295 students.[4] On average Alaska spent $16,674 per pupil in in 2011, which ranks it third highest in the nation.[5] Alaska's high school graduation rate was 70 percent in 2012. This was the Regulatory Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rate reported to the United States Department of Education for all students in 2011-2012.[6]

State agencies

See also: Alaska Department of Education and Early Development
School Board badge.png
State Education Departments

AlabamaAlaskaArizonaArkansasCaliforniaColoradoConnecticutDelawareFloridaGeorgiaHawaiiIdahoIllinoisIndianaIowaKansasKentuckyLouisianaMaineMarylandMassachusettsMichiganMinnesotaMississippiMissouriMontanaNebraskaNevadaNew HampshireNew JerseyNew MexicoNew YorkNorth CarolinaNorth DakotaOhioOklahomaOregonPennsylvaniaRhode IslandSouth CarolinaSouth DakotaTennesseeTexasUtahVermontVirginiaWashingtonWest VirginiaWisconsinWyoming

See also
Alaska Commissioner of Education
Alaska school districts
List of school districts in Alaska
Public education in Alaska
School board elections portal
The Alaska Department of Education and Early Development oversees public K-12 education and public libraries in Alaska.[7] The current Commissioner of Education is Michael Hanley.

The mission statement of the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development reads:[8]

To ensure quality standards-based instruction to improve academic achievement for all students.[9]

The State Board of Education and Early Development has nine members who are appointed by the governor. The Board appoints the Commissioner of Education and Early Development with the governor's approval. They also appoint an advisor to represent the military community, a student advisor and a student advisor-elect. The Board is responsible for setting state academic content and performance standards, establishing high school graduation requirements, approving school construction and maintenance projects and regulating Title 14 programs.[10]

Common Core

Common Core, or the Common Core State Standards Initiative, is an American education initiative that outlines quantifiable benchmarks in English and mathematics at each grade level from kindergarten through high school. As of 2014, Alaska had not adopted these standards.[11]

Regional comparisons

See also: General comparison table for education statistics in the 50 states and Education spending per pupil

The following chart shows how Alaska compares to three neighboring states with respect to number of students, schools, the number of teachers per pupil, and the number of administrators per pupil. Further comparisons between these states with respect to performance and financial information are given in other sections of this page.

Regional Comparison
State Schools Districts Students Teachers Teacher/pupil ratio Administrator/pupil ratio Per pupil spending
Alaska 511 54 131,167 8,088 1:16.2 1:199.1 $16,674
California 10,170 1,187 6,287,834 268,689 1:23.4 1:389.4 $9,139
Oregon 1,261 221 568,208 26,791 1:21.2 1:364.8 $9,682
Washington 2,365 316 1,045,453 53,119 1:19.7 1:373.1 $9,483
United States 98,328 17,992 49,521,669 3,103,263 1:16 1:295.2 $10,994
Sources: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Common Core of Data (CCD), "State Nonfiscal Public Elementary/Secondary Education Survey", 2011-12 v.1a.

National Center for Education Statistics, Table 2. Number of operating public schools and districts, state enrollment, teacher and pupil/teacher ratio by state: School year 2011–12
U.S. Census Bureau, "Public Education Finances: 2011,Governments Division Reports," issued May 2013

Demographics

See also: Demographic information for all students in all 50 states

The following table displays the ethnic distribution of students in Alaska as reported in the National Center for Education Statistics Common Core of Data for 2011-2012.[12]

Demographic information for Alaska's K-12 public school system
Ethnicity Students State Percentage United States Percentage**
American Indian 30,770 23.46% 1.10%
Asian 8,065 6.15% 4.68%
African American 4,730 3.61% 15.68%
Hawaiian Nat./Pacific Isl. Students 2,904 2.21% 0.42%
Hispanic 8,147 6.21% 24.37%
White 66,704 50.85% 51.21%
Two or More 9,847 7.51% 2.54%
**Note: This is the percentage of all students in the United States that are reported to be of this ethnicity.
Policypedia
Education policy logo.jpg

Education policy in the U.S.
Public education in the U.S.
School choice in the U.S.
Charter schools in the U.S.
State education information
Glossary of education terms
Education statistics
See also

Enrollments by region type

See also: Student distribution by region type in the U.S.

Rural schools are the most common regional type of school in Alaska, with 40.4 percent of students attending them. Suburban schools are least common in the state, with only 2.9 percent of students attending them.[13]

Student distribution by region type, 2011 - 2012 (as percents)
State City schools Suburban schools Town schools Rural Schools
Alaska 34.2% 2.9% 22.5% 40.4%
California 43.4% 39.3% 6.1% 11.3%
Oregon 32.6% 23.3% 26.3% 17.8%
Washington 29.1% 41.1% 12.3% 17.5%
U.S. average 28.9% 34% 11.6% 25.4%
Source: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Common Core of Data (CCD)

Academic performance

NAEP scores

See also: NAEP scores by state

The National Center for Education Statistics provides state-by-state data on student achievement levels in mathematics and reading in the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). Compared to three neighboring states, Alaska scored better or equal to California but far lower than Oregon and Washington.

The table and chart below show the percentage of students in Alaska and its neighboring states who were proficient or above proficient in math and reading in fourth grade and eighth grade during the 2012-2013 school year.[14]

Percent of students scoring at or above proficient, 2012-2013
Math - Grade 4 Math - Grade 8 Reading - Grade 4 Reading - Grade 8
Alaska 37 33 27 31
California 33 28 27 29
Oregon 40 34 33 37
Washington 48 42 40 42
U.S. average 41 34 34 34
NAEP Assessment Data for all students 2012-2013

pChart

Graduation, ACT and SAT scores

Policypedia
Education policy logo.jpg
Education policy terms
Academic bankruptcyAcademic EarthAcademic performanceAdaptive softwareBlended learningCarnegie unitCharter schoolsCommon CoreDropout rateDual enrollmentEnglish Language LearnersFree or reduced-price lunchGlobal competence learningHomeschoolingImmersion learningKhan AcademyLocal education agencyMagnet schoolsNAEPOnline learningParent trigger lawsProgressive educationRegulatory Adjusted Cohort Graduation RateSchool choiceSchool vouchersTeacher merit payVirtual charter schools
See also
See also: Graduation rates by groups in state and ACT and SAT scores in the U.S.

The following table shows the graduation rates, average composite ACT and SAT scores and rankings for Alaska, California, Oregon and Washington.

Comparison Table for graduation rates and scoring*
State Graduation Rate 2012 Average ACT Composite 2012 Average SAT Composite 2013
Percent Quintile ranking** Score Participation rate Score Participation rate
Alaska 70% Fifth 21.2 35% 1495 52%
California 78% Fourth 22.1 25% 1505 57%
Oregon 68% Fifth 21.4 38% 1539 49%
Washington 77% Fourth 22.9 21% 1537 60%
U.S. average 80% 21.1 1498
*Regulatory Adjusted Cohort Rate (except for Idaho, Kentucky, Oklahoma, which did not report “Regulatory Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rate,” but instead used their own method of calculation).
**Graduation rates for states in the first quintile ranked in the top 20 percent nationally. Similarly, graduation rates for states in the fifth quintile ranked in the bottom 20 percent nationally.
Source: United States Department of Education, ED Data Express

Dropout rate

See also: Public high school dropout rates by state for a full comparison of dropout rates by group in all states

The high school event dropout rate indicates the proportion of students who were enrolled at some time during the school year and were expected to be enrolled in grades 9–12 in the following school year but were not enrolled by October 1 of the following school year. Students who have graduated, transferred to another school, died, moved to another country, or who are out of school due to illness are not considered dropouts. The average public high school event dropout rate for the United States remained constant at 3.3 percent for both SY 2010–11 and SY 2011–12. The event dropout rate for Alaska was higher than the national average at 6.9 percent in the 2010-2011 school year, and 7.0 percent in the 2011-2012 school year.[15]

Educational choice options

See also: School choice in Alaska

School choice options in Alaska include charter schools, magnet schools, private schools, mandatory intradistrict open enrollment in public schools and homeschooling.

Educational funding and expenditures

Breakdown of expenditures by function in FY 2012.
Source: National Association of State Budget Officers
See also: Alaska state budget

According to the National Association of State Budget Officers (NASBO), in fiscal year 2012, expenditures for elementary and secondary education accounted for 13.4 percent of the state budget, which was up 2.6 percentage points, or 24.1 percent as a share of the budget, from fiscal year 2008. At that time, the state spent 10.8 percent of the budget on elementary and secondary education.[16][17][18][19][20] The majority of Alaska's education revenue comes from state funding at 60 percent. Local funding accounts for just over 22 percent, and federal funding accounts for just under 18 percent.

Comparison of financial figures for school systems
State Percent of budget (2012) Per pupil spending (2011) Revenue sources (2011)
Percent federal funds Percent state funds Percent local funds
Alaska 19% $7,666 17.82% 60.06% 22.12%
California 25.3% $8,724 14.56% 55.06% 30.37%
Oregon 18.4% $13,467 14% 46.07% 39.93%
Washington 10.8% $11,846 11.57% 57.2% 31.23%
Sources: NASBO, "State Expenditure Report," Table 8: Elementary and Secondary Education Expenditures As a Percent of Total Expenditures
U.S. Census Bureau, "Public Education Finances: 2011,Governments Division Reports," issued May 2013

Revenue breakdowns

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, public school system revenues in Alaska totaled approximately $2.4 billion in fiscal year 2011. The table and chart below present further detail, including revenue sources, for Alaska and surrounding states.[21]

Revenue sources by type, FY 2011 (in thousands)
State Local revenue State revenue Federal revenue Total revenue
Alaska $521,513 $1,416,163 $420,152 $2,357,828
California $20,846,942 $37,690,834 $9,990,221 $68,527,997
Oregon $2,420,619 $2,792,762 $848,637 $6,062,018
Washington $3,690,190 $6,758,505 $1,367,629 $11,816,324
U.S. total $264,550,594 $267,762,416 $74,943,767 $607,256,777
Public school revenues by source, FY 2011

pChart

Expenditure breakdowns

See also: Public school system expenditures in the U.S.

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, public school system expenditures in Alaska totaled approximately $2.4 billion in fiscal year 2011. The table and chart below present further detail, including expenditure types, for Alaska and surrounding states.[21]

Expenditures by type, FY 2011 (in thousands)
Current expenditures** Capital outlay Other*** Total expenditures
Alaska $2,192,045 $180,137 $67,734 $2,439,916
California $56,784,812 $6,535,512 $3,579,908 $66,900,232
Oregon $5,418,357 $461,979 $325,080 $6,205,416
Washington $9,890,471 $1,467,334 $530,786 $11,888,591
U.S. total $520,577,893 $52,984,139 $29,581,293 $603,143,325
**Funds spent operating local public schools and local education agencies, including such expenses as salaries for school personnel, student transportation, school books and materials, and energy costs, but excluding capital outlay, interest on school debt, payments to private schools, and payments to public charter schools.
***Includes payments to state and local governments, payments to private schools, interest on school system indebtedness, and nonelementary-secondary expenditures, such as adult education and community services expenditures.
Source: National Center for Education Statistics
Public school expenditures, FY 2011

pChart

Personnel salaries

See also: Public school teacher salaries in the U.S.
Note: Salaries given are averages for the state. Within states there can be great variation in salaries between urban, suburban and rural districts. When comparing nominal teachers' salaries it is important to remember that for a true comparison salaries must be adjusted for the cost of living in each area. Thus, for example, when adjusted for cost of living, Los Angeles drops from second highest to 17th highest; New York City drops even further, from third highest to 59th out of 60.[22]

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, the average national salary for classroom teachers in public elementary and secondary schools has declined by 1.3 percent from the 1999-2000 school year to the 2012-2013 school year. During the same period in Alaska, the average salary increased by 3.1 percent.[23]

Estimated average salaries for teachers (in constant dollars**)
1999-2000 2009-2010 2011-2012 2012-2013 Percent difference
Alaska $63,495 $63,696 $63,464 $65,468 3.1%
California $65,159 $72,803 $69,672 $69,324 6.4%
Oregon $57,856 $58,948 $58,302 $58,758 1.6%
Washington $56,089 $56,578 $53,101 $53,571 -4.5%
U.S. average $57,133 $58,925 $56,340 $56,383 -1.3%
**"Constant dollars based on the Consumer Price Index (CPI), prepared by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, adjusted to a school-year basis. The CPI does not account for differences in inflation rates from state to state."

Organizations

Unions

In 2012, the Fordham Institute and Education Reform Now assessed the power and influence of state teacher unions in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Their rankings were based on 37 different variables in five broad areas, including: resources and membership, involvement in politics, scope of bargaining, state policies and perceived influence. Alaska ranked 15th overall, or strong, which was in the second tier of five.[24]

The main union related to the Alaska school system is the Alaska Public Employees Association/AFT, an affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers. The Alaska Public Employees Association/AFT is the largest education association in the state. For the 2008 tax period, it had $3.6 million in total income.[25]

List of local Alaska school unions:[26]

Taxpayer-funded lobbying

See also: Alaska government sector lobbying

The main education government sector lobbying organization is the Association of Alaska School Boards.

Education ballot measures

See also: Education on the ballot and List of Alaska ballot measures

Ballotpedia has tracked 18 statewide ballot measures relating to education.

  1. Alaska Educational and Museum Facilities, Bonding Proposition C (2002)
  2. Alaska Financial Aid to Students Amendment (1976)
  3. Alaska High School Construction Bond, Proposition 7 (1966)
  4. Alaska Higher Education Measure (1988)
  5. Alaska School Construction Bond, Proposition 1 (1970)
  6. Alaska School Construction Bond, Proposition 2 (1962)
  7. Alaska School Construction Bond, Proposition 2 (1966)
  8. Alaska School Construction Bond, Proposition 2 (1976)
  9. Alaska School Construction Bond, Proposition 5 (1968)
  10. Alaska University Bond, Proposition 4 (1960)
  11. Alaska University Bond, Proposition 4 (1972)
  12. Alaska University Construction Bond, Proposition 11 (1970)
  13. Alaska University Construction Bond, Proposition 1 (1962)
  14. Alaska University Construction Bond, Proposition 4 (1966)
  15. Alaska University Construction Bond, Proposition 6 (1968)
  16. Alaska University Construction Bond, Proposition 6 (1976)
  17. Alaska Vocational Education Bond, Proposition 3 (1960)
  18. Alaska Vocational School Bond, Proposition 4 (1962)

Studies and reports

State budget solutions education study

See also: State spending on education v. academic performance (2012)

State Budget Solutions examined national trends in education from 2009 to 2011, including state-by-state analysis of education spending, graduation rates, and average ACT scores. The study showed that the states which spent the most did not have the highest average ACT test scores, nor did they have the highest average graduation rates. A summary of the study is available here. The full report can be accessed here.

Recent news

This section displays the most recent stories in a Google news search for the term "Alaska + Education "

All stories may not be relevant to this page due to the nature of the search engine.

Alaska Education News Feed

  • Loading...

See also

External links

References

  1. National Center for Education Statistics, "Table 2. Number of operating public schools and districts, state enrollment, teacher and pupil/teacher ratio by state: School year 2011–12," accessed March 18, 2014
  2. ED Data Express, "State Tables Report," accessed March 17, 2014 The site includes this disclaimer: "States converted to an adjusted cohort graduation rate [starting in the 2010-2011 school year], which may or may not be the same as the calculation they used in prior years. Due to the potential differences, caution should be used when comparing graduation rates across states."
  3. United States Census Bureau, "Public Education Finances: 2011," accessed March 18, 2014
  4. Table 2.—Number of operating public schools and districts, state enrollment, teacher and pupil/teacher ratio by state: School year 2011-12, U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Common Core of Data (CCD).
  5. ‘’Public Education Finances: 2011,Governments Division Reports,’’ issued May 2013 by the U.S. Census Bureau, accessed on May 17, 2014
  6. United States Department of Education, "ED Data Express," accessed May 12, 2014
  7. Alaska Department of Education and Early Development, "2012-2013 Report Card to the Public," accessed January 21, 2014
  8. Alaska Department of Education and Early Development, "About EED," accessed May 12, 2014
  9. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  10. Alaska Department of Education and Early Development, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed May 12, 2014
  11. Common Core: State Standards Initiative, "Core Standards in your State,” accessed July 12, 2014
  12. United States Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, "Common Core of Data (CCD), State Nonfiscal Public Elementary/Secondary Education Survey, 2011-2012," accessed May 7, 2014
  13. National Center for Education Statistics, "Selected Statistics from the Common Core of Data: School Year 2011-2012: Table 4," accessed May 12, 2014
  14. National Center for Education Statistics, "State Profiles," accessed May 12, 2014
  15. United States Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, "Common Core of Data (CCD), State Dropout and Graduation Rate Data File, School Year 2010-11, Provision Version 1a and School Year 2011-12, Preliminary Version 1a," accessed May 13, 2014
  16. National Association of State Budget Officers "State Expenditure Report, 2011-2013," accessed February 21, 2014
  17. National Association of State Budget Officers, "State Expenditure Report, 2009-2011," accessed February 24, 2014
  18. National Association of State Budget Officers, "State Expenditures Report, 2010-2012," accessed February 24, 2014
  19. National Association of State Budget Officers, "State Expenditure Report, 2009," accessed February 24, 2014
  20. National Association of State Budget Officers, "State Expenditure Report, 2008," accessed February 24, 2014
  21. 21.0 21.1 United States Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, "Revenues and Expenditures for Public Elementary and Secondary School Districts: School Year 2010–11," accessed May 13, 2014 (timed out)
  22. Maciver Institute, "REPORT: How much are teachers really paid?," accessed October 29, 2014
  23. United States Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, "Table 211.60. Estimated average annual salary of teachers in public elementary and secondary schools, by state: Selected years, 1969-70 through 2012-13," accessed May 13, 2014
  24. Thomas E Fordham Institute, " How Strong Are U.S. Teacher Unions? A State-By-State Comparison," October 29, 2012
  25. Center for Union Facts, "Alaska Public Employees Association/AFT," accessed June 11, 2014
  26. Center for Union Facts, "Alaska teachers unions," accessed April 17, 2010