• Student Assessment

    The Ketchikan School District uses a variety of assessments to guide instruction and measure student achievement. Assessments provide a standardized way to determine how well your child's school and our district is performing.

    Find more information on assessments visit the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development Assessments page.

    Alaska law requires Alaska schools to assess all students as described below, but parents may refuse to have their children participate. For information on assessment refusal, see BP 6020.


    PEAKS - The Performance Evaluation for Alaska's Schools

    Administered to: Grades 3rd-9th grade.

    Subject Areas: Math and Language Arts.

    Purpose: Measure student proficiency.

    Details of Assessment: The Performance Evaluation for Alaska’s Schools (PEAKS) and the Alaska Science Assessment are designed to measure a student’s understanding of the skills and concepts outlined in the Alaska English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics Standards.

    Dates of Assesment:To be announced

    Alaska Department of Education PEAKS Website


    Alaska Science Assessment

    Administered to: Students in 4th, 8th, and 10th grades.

    Subject Areas: Science

    Purpose: Measure Student Proficiency

    Details of Assessment: The Performance Evaluation for Alaska’s Schools (PEAKS) and the Alaska Science Assessment are designed to measure a student’s understanding of the skills and concepts outlined in the Alaska Science Grade Level Expectations - GLEs (pdf)

    Dates of Assesment: To be announced


    Dynamic Learning Maps

    Administered to: Students in grades 3rd-10th with significant congnitive disabilities.

    Subject Areas: Math, Language Arts and Science (grades 4th,8th, &10th).

    Purpose: Measure Proficiency.

    Details of Assessment: The DLM Alternate Assessment System assesses what students with the most significant cognitive dis- abilities know and can do in English language arts (ELA) and mathematics in grades 3–9 and science for grades 4, 8, and 10.

    Dates of Assesment: To be announced


    WIDA - Access for ELLs

    Administered to:  K-12th grade students who are English Language Learners.

    Subject Areas: Academic English Language

    Purpose: Measure Proficiency

    Details of Assessment: ACCESS for ELLs (ACCESS) is the collective name for WIDA's suite of summative English language proficiency assessments. ACCESS is taken annually by English language learners in Kindergarten through Grade 12 in WIDA Consortium member states.

    Dates of Assesment: To be announced


    Aims Web Plus+

    Administered to: All Students Kindergarden-8th Grade.

    Subject Areas: Math and Language Arts.

    Purpose: Inform instruction and measure individual student growth.

    Details of Assessment: AimswebPlus screens and monitors the reading and math skills of PreK–12 students. With its robust set of standards-aligned measures, aimswebPlus is proven to uncover learning gaps quickly, identify at-risk students, and assess individual and classroom growth.

    Dates of Assesment: Aims Web is given 2-3 times a year, fall, winter and spring.


    NAEP - National Assessment of Educational Progress

    Administered to: A "represenative sample" of Alaska's 4th and 8th graders.

    Subject Areas: Reading and Math

    Purpose: Compare Alaska achievement with that in other states.

    Details of Assessment: The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) is the only assessment that measures what U.S. students know and can do in various subjects across the nation, states, and in some urban districts. Also known as The Nation’s Report Card, NAEP has provided important information about how students are performing academically since 1969.


EED Importance of Assessment