State Kindergarten-Through-Third-Grade Policies: State Profile

State Kindergarten-Through-Third-Grade Policies: State Profile - Alaska

June 2018


This information was collected from state statutes, rules and regulations. A profile was sent to each state for review and modification, as needed.
 


Kindergarten Requirements
What is the compulsory school age? Age 7 Alaska Stat. Ann. § 14.30.010
What is the state's kindergarten entrance age? Age 5 on or before September 1 AK ST § 14.03.080
What age exemptions or waivers exist for kindergarten entrance? Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
Does the state require children to attend kindergarten? No
Does the state require the district to offer kindergarten and if so, full or half day? What exemptions exist for districts? No
How many hours are required for grades K-3? 740 hours per year for grades K-3 (~4 hours/day for grades 1-3). Alaska Stat. Ann. § 14.03.030;
Alaska Stat. Ann. § 14.03.040
Teacher Quality
What are the teacher-to-student ratio requirements for grade K-3? Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
What are the requirements for teacher training and professional development in reading? Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
What are the requirements for teacher training and professional development in math? Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
Does the state have an early learning endorsement or license specific to K-3? Endorsements exist in Early Childhood Education, Birth to Grade 3, or Pre-K to Grade 3. Alaska Admin. Code tit. 4, § 12.390
School Readiness and Transitions
Are kindergarten entrance assessments required? Districts must submit to the department a developmental profile for each student entering kindergarten or first grade with indicators such as: physical health, social and emotional development, cognition and general knowledge, language and literacy. 4 AAC 06.712
What are states required to do with the results of the KEA? Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
Are there programs in place to guide the pre-kindergarten to kindergarten transition process? Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
Does the state have a statutory definition of school readiness? What do states use their definition of school readiness to inform? Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
Assessment, Intervention and Retention
Are assessments required in grades K-3? An approved early literacy screening assessment must be administered to students in K-2 and to students in grade three who are experiencing delays in attaining literacy. 4 AAC 06.713
What do the results of K-3 assessments inform? Results must be submitted to the department of education and shared with parents or guardians. 4 AAC 06.713
Are there interventions available beginning in kindergarten? What are the interventions available for students in grades K-3? Interventions are available to students who are in a priority school. Schools that are designated as priority schools must provide at least 30 minutes per day for interventions in reading for students in kindergarten through sixth grade who are reading below grade level. Alaska Admin. Code tit. 4, § 06.864
Is there a third grade retention policy? Retention is a local decision. Alaska Stat. Ann. § 14.03.072 
 
Family Engagement
For those states with pre-kindergarten to kindergarten transition guidance, is family engagement a requirement? Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
For those states with third grade retention policies, is parental input required? Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
Social-Emotional Learning
Where is social-emotional development emphasized in statute? Social-emotional development is a required evaluation factor in kindergarten and first grade developmental profiles. Alaska Admin. Code tit. 4, § 06.712

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