Measuring Up



Alaska

Not scored

See a summary of the state’s charter law.

See additional observations about charters in the state and recommendations to support the growth of high-quality charter schools.

What is the state of charter schools in Alaska?

GROWTH INDICATORS

 

 

Score


1. Public school share
 (2013–14)

N/A

weight = 3 | Possible total = 12

Number

Percentage

 

Public charter schools

27

6%

 

 


2. Public school student share
 (2013–14)

N/A

weight = 3 | Possible total = 12

Number

Percentage

 

Public charter school students

6,123

5%

 

 

3. Students by race and ethnicity (2012–13)

N/A

weight = 2 | Possible total = 8

Charters

Traditional

Difference

White

66%

50%

16%

Black

2%

4%

-2%

Hispanic

5%

6%

-1%

Asian

3%

6%

-3%

Other

24%

34%

-10%

Total minority

34%

50%

-16%

 

4. Students in special populations 

N/A

weight = 2 | Possible total = 8

Charters

Traditional

Difference

Free and reduced-price lunch status

14%

40%

-26%

Special education status

N/A

N/A

N/A

English learner status

N/A

N/A

N/A

Total special student populations

14%

40%

-26%

 

5. Schools by geographic distribution (2011–12)

N/A

weight = 2 | Possible total = 8

Charters

Traditional

Difference

City

26%

18%

8%

Suburb

7%

1%

6%

Town

37%

15%

22%

Rural

30%

66%

-36%

Total nonsuburban

93%

99%

-6%

 

6. Communities with more than 10 percent of students in public charter schools (2012–13)

N/A

weight = 1 | Possible total = 4

 

 

 

Number of communities with more than 10 percent of students in public charter schools

0

   
 

7. New public charter schools opened over the past five years  (2009–14)

N/A

weight = 3 | Possible total = 12

 

 

 

2009–10

1

Average Annual Open Rate

2.2%

2010–11

2

2011–12

0

2012–13

0

2013–14

0

Total number

3

 

 

 

 

8. Public charter schools closed over the past five years (2008–13)

N/A

weight = 3 | Possible total = 12

 

 

 

2008–09

0

Average Annual Closure Rate

0.7%

2009–10

1

2010–11

0

2011–12

0

2012–13

0

Total number

1

 

 

 

 
 

INNOVATION INDICATORS

 

 

Score

9. Public charter schools reporting use of various innovative practices (2011–12)

N/A

weight = 2 | Possible total = 8

 

 

 

Extended day (30 minutes or more each day compared to traditional public schools)

33%

Average

25%

Extended year (10 or more days compared to traditional public schools)

0%

Year-round calendar

50%

Independent study

33%

School-to-work

17%

Higher education courses

17%

 
 

QUALITY INDICATORS

 

 

Score

10. Additional days of learning in reading (2007–11)

N/A

weight = 4 | Possible total = 16

 

 

 

Number of additional days of learning in reading

 

 

 

 

11. Additional days of learning in math (2007–11)

N/A

weight = 4 | Possible total = 16

 

 

 

Number of additional days of learning in math

 

 

 

Items Reported But Not Scored

Startups versus conversions (2012–13)

 

Startups

Conversions

 

 

Percentage of a state’s public charter schools

93%

7%

 

 

 

Public charter schools that are independent, associated with a CMO, or associated with an EMO (2010–11)

 

Number

Percentage

 

 

Independent

27

100%

 

 

Charter management organization

0

0%

 

 

Education management organization

0

0%

 

 

 

Charter authorizers (2013–14)

 

Number of authorizers

Number of charter schools

Average number of charters per authorizer

Percentage of the state’s public charters authorized by this type of authorizer

Local education agency

8

27

3

100%

State education agency

0%

Independent charter board

0%

Noneducational government entity

0%

Higher education institution

0%

Nonprofit

0%

 

Virtual public charter schools and students (2012–13)

Number of virtual public charter school students

0

 

 

Percentage of a state’s public charter school student population enrolled
in virtual charter schools

0%

 

 

Number of virtual public charter schools

0

 

 

Percentage of a state’s public charter schools that are virtual charter schools

0%

 

 

 

Health of the Movement Summary

A state’s public charter school movement had to meet two conditions to be scored and ranked in this year’s report. First, the movement had to serve at least 1 percent of the state’s public school students. Second, the state had to participate in the Center for Research on Education Outcomes’ (CREDO) 2013 National Charter School Study so that we had a measure of student academic growth data for its public charter schools in comparison to its traditional public schools. While Alaska’s movement met the first condition, Alaska was not a partner state in CREDO’s 2013 study. Therefore, we did not score and rank Alaska’s public charter school movement in this year’s report.

However, we provided the data we were able to gather below. Based on this information, we offer the following observations:

  • In 2013–14, there were 27 public charter schools and 6,123 public charter school students in Alaska, constituting 6 percent of the state’s public schools and 5 percent of the state’s public school students, respectively.
  • On average, the state’s public charter schools served lower percentages of racial and ethnic minority students (16 percentage points less) and free and reduced-price lunch students (26 percentage points less) when compared with traditional public schools in 2012–13.
  • Ninety-three percent of the state’s public charters were located in nonsuburban areas in 2011–12, as compared with 99 percent of traditional public schools.
  • Three new public charter schools opened in Alaska between 2009–10 and 2013–14. The average annual open rate in the state was 2.2 percent.
  • One public charter school closed in Alaska between 2008–09 and 2012–13, an average annual closure rate of 0.7 percent.
  • An average of 25 percent of the state’s public charter schools reported using one of the six innovative practices that we tracked in 2011–12.
  • In 2012–13, 93 percent of the state’s public charter schools were startups, and 7 percent were conversions.
  • All of the public charter schools in Alaska were independently managed as of 2010–11, meaning that there were no public charter schools associated with a nonprofit charter management organization or a for-profit educational management organization.
  • In 2013–14, only local school districts were allowed to authorize in the state. Eight of them had done so as of that year.
  • There were zero virtual public charter schools in Alaska in 2012–13.

Recommendations

Alaska has modest populations of charter schools and public charter school students. To better support the growth of high-quality public charter schools, we encourage the state to change its law to expand authorizing options, increase operational autonomy, strengthen accountability, and provide more equitable funding and facilities support to charters. We also encourage the state to explore why public charter schools are serving lower percentages of racial and ethnic minority students, free and reduced-price lunch students, and nonsuburban students than traditional public schools.