Alaska Project

Get to know our Alaska project.

Our Alaska team works with the Alaska Department of Education & Early Development (DEED) to meet the goals of Alaska’s Education Challenge. Together, we work in community and partnership with students, families, educators, schools, Tribes, and agencies to help create an educational ecosystem where all Alaska students can thrive.

THE NEED

Alaska students have consistently scored below the national average in reading on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) since a sample of 4th- and 8th-grade Alaskans first took the assessment in 2003. In 2o19, Alaska was the 50th state in average 4th-grade reading scores.  

Covid-19’s effects on early readers were particularly significant in rural and remote school communities in Alaska. Many rural communities struggle with access to high-speed internet and internet-capable devices outside of the school setting, and Alaska’s youngest learners were often left without access to evidence-based reading instruction during the months they were learning from home.

Data from the Alaska Developmental Profile (ADP) and other statewide assessments show a drop in scores across subjects and student groups from pre-pandemic levels. 

Our Approach

We work closely with DEED to “support all students to read at grade level by the end of third grade.” This goal anchors our service plan’s initiatives, inputs, and actions. Our technical assistance is aligned with evidence-based practice in the Science of Reading, school improvement, and professional learning communities. We provide: 

  • Coaching
  • Content consultation
  • Design and implementation of change initiatives
  • Professional learning
  • Project management 
  • Evaluation
  • Process facilitation
  • Research synthesis
  • Tool and resource development
  • Relationship brokering

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