FAIRBANKS - The Alaska Department of Education and Early Development plans to release the first school ratings under the state’s new accountability system on Friday.
The 2013 school ratings will be based on the Alaska State Performance Index. ASPI rates schools from one to five stars (one being the worst and five being the best).
The new standards were implemented in June 2013 after the state received a waiver from the federal government from certain Elementary and Secondary Education Act standards.
Prior to this year, Alaska schools were subject to the Adequate Yearly Progress grading system that began in 2002 when No Child Left Behind was signed into law.
The creation of new state standards to replace Adequate Yearly Progress was one of the federal government’s requirements for states wishing to receive a waiver.
Alaska was one of the last states to request and receive a federal waiver. Only five states are still awaiting waivers — all others have either been approved or chose not to request any.