Alaska Commissioner of Schools:Mike Hanley
Length of School Year: A minimum of 180 school days is required by Alaska state law or 740 hours for K-3 and 900 hours for 4-12.
Number of Public School Districts: There are 53 public school districts in Alaska. ****
Number of Public Schools: There are 516 public schools in Alaska. ****
Number of Students Served in Public Schools: There are 131,661 public school students in Alaska. ****
Number of Teachers in Public Schools: There are 8,083 public school teachers in Alaska. ****
Number of Charter Schools: There are 25 charter schools in Alaska. ****
Per Pupil Spending: Alaska spends $15,310 per pupil in public education. ****
Average Class Size: The average class size In Alaska is 16.3 students per 1 teacher. ****
% of Title I Schools: 53.1% of schools in Alaska are Title I Schools.****
% With Individualized Education Programs (IEP): 13.6% of students in Alaska are on IEP's. ****
% in Limited-English Proficiency Programs: 11.1% of students in Alaska are in limited-English Proficient Programs.****
% of Student Eligible for Free/Reduced Lunches: 36.2% of student in Alaska schools are eligible for free/reduced lunches.****
Ethnic/Racial Student Breakdown****
Asian/Pacific Islander: 8.0%
American Indian/Alaskan Native: 23.0%
School Assessment Data
Graduation Rate: 75.5% of all students entering high school in Alaska graduate. **
ACT/SAT rank: 164.4 students per 1000 in Alaska had a score of 25+ on the ACT or a 1780+ on the SAT. ***
8th grade NAEP assessment scores: ****
Math: 283 is the scaled score for 8th grade students in Alaska. The U.S. average was 283.
Reading: 261 is the scaled score for 8th grade students in Alaska. The U.S. average was 264.
% of Students Who Attend College after High School: 45.7% of students in Alaska go on to attend some level of college. ***
Number of Private Schools: There are 64 private schools in Alaska.*
Number of Students Served in Private Schools: There are 6,188 private school students in Alaska.*
The average teacher pay for the state of Alaska was $66,560.00 in 2009.##
Each individual district in the state of Alaska negotiates teacher salaries and establishes their own teacher salary schedule.
The following is an example of a teacher salary schedule in Alaska provided by the Alaska Bering Strait School District via AlaskaTeacher.org
*Data courtesy of Education Bug .
**Data courtesy of ED.gov
***Data courtesy of the NCHEMS Information Center for Higher Education Policy Making and Analysis
****Data courtesy of the National Center for Education Statistics
##Average salary courtesy of Teacher Salary Info