School Choice Score: 0%
The state permits parents some choices among traditional public schools but it restricts such choice to within their district, limiting their options.
Charter Schools Score: 65%
Alaska’s charter school law is considered weak because only the state board of education can authorize charter schools and only after seeking prior approval from the local boards. In addition, the strong regulatory environment stifles charter school autonomy and innovation making it very difficult for charters to open, thrive and serve the diverse student population in the Last Frontier.
Online Learning Score: 62%
For the first time, Alaska’s statewide virtual school, Alaska’s Learning Network (AKLN) received full funding in 2013, although overall funding for online learning is still a problem. Digital learning is of particular importance in Alaska due to the geographic disparity and number of rural and remote districts and schools.
- Source: Digital Learning Now!
Teacher Quality Score: 65%
Alaska currently does not require annual evaluations of its teachers, although it does use objective evidence of student learning as a preponderant criterion of evaluation. Tenure decisions are not connected to teacher effectiveness and districts are given full authority to decide how to pay teachers, although they are not discouraged from using performance. Layoffs are also not determined by performance.