Frequently Asked Questions

  • What are the requirements for a diploma?

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    Students must complete all academic requirements for a high school diploma, set by the Board of Education and the Alaska Department of Early Education and Development.

    The North Slope Borough School District provides the opportunity for students in grades 11 and 12 to take the college and career ready assessments: ACT and/or WorkKeys. This is an opportunity and is not mandated for graduation.

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  • What is the process for determining school calendars?

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    As stated in Board Policy 6111 - School Calendars; site administrators work with School Advisory Councils to determine a school calendar that follows state mandates and promotes the cultural needs of each community. All calendars must be submitted to and approved by the North Slope Borough Board of Education and the Alaska Department of Early Education and Development.

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  • What happened to the Alaska Measures of Progress (AMP) state Assessment?

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    The first administration of AMP was spring 2015.

    The AMP assessment had two subtests, English language arts and mathematics. The first implementation was successfully administered in spring 2015. Although the testing situation was successful, some stakeholders were not pleased with the reporting of the assessment. Commissioner Hanley determined the State would seek a Request for Proposals for a new assessment 2016-2017 which would address the stakeholders' instructional needs.

    Meanwhile, the AMP spring 2016 assessment was administered as scheduled. During the first week of testing, a fiber optical cable was accidentally cut and the online KITE Client delivery system failed. As a result, the State determined the assessment to be insufficient and ended all testing.

    Through the State procurement process, a new summative assessment was selected to be administered beginning in Spring 2017. Alaska is partnering with Data Recognition Corporation (DRC) to administer the Performance Evaluation for Alaska’s Schools, or PEAKS. The assessment measures the Alaska English Language Arts & Mathematics standards adopted in 2012.

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