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Alaska
Alaska
Alaska Department of Education, 801 West 10th Street, Suite 200,
Juneau, AK 99801-1894
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Superintendent of Education
Commissioner Shirley J. Holloway, (907) 465-2802
National Cooperative Education Statistics Liaison
Richard Smiley, (907) 465-8691
Common Core of Data Survey Coordinator
Roger Stephan, (907) 465-8682

GENERAL CHARACTERISTICS
1987 1996 Demographics
106,869 129,919 Students in public elementary and secondary schools
456 497 Public schools
6,113 7,418 Teachers in public elementary and secondary schools
586,412 586,412 Land area in square miles
0.2 0.2 Public school students per square mile
0.1 0.1 Public schools per 100 square miles


Figure 1
School-age population in public elementary and secondary schools
School-age population in public elementary and secondary schools


1987 1996 Fiscal summary
539 605 State population (in thousands)
$9,517 $1,549 State revenue per capita
$7,745 $9,392 State expenditure per capita
$1,250 $1,370 State expenditure for elem. and secondary education per capita
$184,241 $177,399 Gross state product per school-age child

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AGENCY/SCHOOL INFORMATION
1987 1996 Distribution of agencies by type
100% 56 100% 55 Total public education agencies
98.2% 55 96.4% 53 Regular school districts
0.0% 0 0.0% 0 Regional service agencies
1.8% 1 3.6% 2 State-operated agencies
0.0% 0 0.0% 0 Federally operated and other types


1987 1996 Distribution of agencies by number of schools
0.0% 0 0.0% 0 100 or more schools
5.4% 3 9.1% 5 25 to 99 schools
23.2% 13 20.0% 11 10 to 24 schools
17.9% 10 21.8% 12 5 to 9 schools
53.6% 30 49.1% 27 1 to 4 schools
0.0% 0 0.0% 0 No schools reported


Figure 2
Regular school districts by student membership size
Regular school districts by student membership size


1987 1996 Distribution of schools by type
100% 456 100% 497 Total public elementary and secondary schools reported
92.1% 420 91.1% 453 Regular schools
0.9% 4 0.6% 3 Special education schools
0.4% 2 1.2% 6 Vocational schools
6.6% 30 7.0% 35 Other and alternative schools


Figure 3
Distribution of public schools and students by type of locale: 1996-97
Distribution of public schools and students by type of locale: 1996-97


Figure 4
Public schools by size of student membership
Public schools by size of student membership


1987 1996 Number of public schools by grade span category
27.2% 124 28.2% 140 PK, K, 1 to 3, 4, 5, 6
3.7% 17 4.0% 20 PK, K, 1 to 8
2.2% 10 3.2% 16 4, 5, 6, to 6, 7, 8
3.5% 16 3.4% 17 7 to 8, 9
2.6% 12 4.8% 24 7, 8 to 12
6.8% 31 8.2% 41 9, 10, 11 to 12
53.5% 244 45.1% 224 Other grades
0.0% 0 0.0% 0 Ungraded
0.4% 2 3.0% 15 Not reported

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STUDENT INFORMATION
1987 1996 Public school membership by grade
2,186 Prekindergarten
9,759 10,451 Kindergarten
10,567 10,670 First
9,186 10,453 Second
8,645 10,361 Third
8,273 10,055 Fourth
7,995 10,268 Fifth
7,580 10,176 Sixth
7,411 10,115 Seventh
7,278 9,627 Eighth
7,549 10,621 Ninth
7,181 9,426 Tenth
7,094 8,140 Eleventh
7,160 7,370 Twelfth
Ungraded


Figure 5
Public school student membership by racial/ethnic category
Public school student membership by racial/ethnic category


1987 1996  
13.8% Students in special education with IEPs
16.2% 24.6% School membership eligible for free lunch
11.1% School-age children below poverty


1987 1995 High school completers and dropouts
100.0% 5,692 85.6% 5,945 Regular diploma
    Other diploma
  14.1% 983 High school equivalency
  0.3% 20 Other completers
    Dropouts
        Dropouts who were male
        Dropouts who were minority


Figure 6
Grade 8 1996 Mathematics and Science average scale scores for the state () and nation () and the 25th () and 75th () percentiles
Grade 8 1996 Mathematics and Science average scale scores for the state (symbol) and nation (symbol) and the 25th (symbol) and 75th (symbol) percentiles


Grade 4 Grade 8 1996 Mathematics and Science achievement levels
223.8 277.6 Average Mathematics scale score [scale 0 to 500]
35.5% 32.3% Students below basic level
64.5% 67.7% Students at or above basic level
20.6% 29.9% Students at or above proficient level
0.2% 6.7% Students at advanced level
152.7 Average Science scale score [scale 0 to 300]
  35.5% Students below basic level
  64.5% Students at or above basic level
  31.0% Students at or above proficient level
  2.7% Students at advanced level

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STAFF INFORMATION
1987 1996 Educational staff
100% 7,285 100% 14,789 Total education staff
        Instructional staff
83.9% 6,113 50.2% 7,418 Teachers
3.8% 277 11.1% 1,649 Instructional aides
        Support staff
1.5% 112 1.6% 231 Guidance counselors/directors
1.8% 130 2.1% 305 Librarians/library support
1.0% 73 9.2% 1,357 Administrative support
0.4% 27 20.0% 2,951 Other support services
        Administrators
4.9% 357 3.0% 442 School-based
2.7% 196 2.9% 436 School district officials/administrators


Figure 7
Average number of students per teacher, by grade level
Average number of students per teacher, by grade level


1987 1996  
5.2 1.0 Teacher to all other staff ratio
11.1 8.4 Teacher to administrator ratio


Figure 8
Average salary of full-time teachers by years of experience
Average salary of full-time teachers by years of experience


1987 1996  
$26,880 $32,502 Average beginning teacher salary
$41,190 $49,140 Average teacher salary


Figure 9
Distribution of public school teachers by age
Distribution of public school teachers by age


1987 1993 Preparation of teachers: highest degree earned
0.0% 1.1% Public school teachers with no degree
59.2% 59.1% Public school teachers with a Bachelor's or lower degree
35.7% 35.3% Public school teachers with a Master's degree
5.1% 4.4% Public school teachers with a degree beyond Master's

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FISCAL INFORMATION
FY88 FY97 Federal aid to education under selected programs
(in thousands of current dollars)
$6,698 $15,502 National school lunch
$685 $2,193 National school breakfast
$14,510 $25,666 Title I
$3,547 $12,083 Education for the handicapped
$4,101 $4,514 Vocational and adult education
$3,903 $12,781 School improvement
$79,385 $58,896 School assistance (federally affected areas)
$1,331 $1,020 Bilingual education
$6,814 $84 Indian education


Figure 10
Revenues by source
Revenues by source


Figure 11
Current expenditures by function
Current expenditures by function


FY88 FY97 Revenues and expenditures (in current dollars)
$777,086 $1,219,017 Revenues (in thousands of dollars)
$7,353 $9,383 Revenue per pupil in membership
$756,577 $1,069,379 Current expenditures (in thousands of dollars)
$7,159 $8,231 Current expenditure per pupil in membership
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