State of Alaska
Comment on Proposed Regulations

The Department of Education & Early Development proposes to establish score ranges for the student achievement levels in the state’s standards-based test (Alaska Measures of Progress) and Alaska Alternate Assessment for English language arts and mathematics. The amendments also update the terminology in the related regulations.

The department proposes to adopt regulation changes in Title 4 of the Alaska Administrative Code dealing with student assessment, including the following:

Establishing the score ranges for the four achievement levels for English language arts and mathematics for the standards-based assessment (Alaska Measures of Progress) and for the Alaska Alternate Assessment in 4 AAC 06.739(b) and 4 AAC 06.775(b);

Updating the terminology in the regulations noted above and the related regulations, 4 AAC 06.737, 4 AAC 06.739, 4 AAC 06.775, 4 AAC 06.815, 4 AAC 06.820, 4 AAC 06.899, 4 AAC 33.421, 4 AAC 33.426, and 4 AAC 34.090, including:

  • Changing references to "reading and writing" to "English language arts”;
  • Providing current terminology for the achievement levels in English language arts, mathematics, and science; and
  • Identifying the achievement levels that meet standards.

You may comment on the proposed regulation changes, including the potential costs to private persons of complying with the proposed changes, by submitting written comments to the Commissioner’s Office, Department of Education & Early Development, Attn: Regulations Review, 801 West Tenth Street, Suite 200, PO Box 110500, Juneau, Alaska 99811-0500. Additionally, the Department of Education & Early Development will accept comments by facsimile at (907) 465-4156 and online at https://education.alaska.gov/regs/comment.cfm. Comments also may be submitted through the Alaska Online Public Notice System by accessing this notice on the system and using the "comment" link. Written comments must be received no later than 4:30 p.m. on September 24, 2015.

Oral comments may be submitted at an audio-conferenced hearing to be held on October 9, 2015, originating at 801 W. 10th Street, Juneau, in the first floor auxiliary conference room. The hearing will be held from 12:00 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. and might be extended to accommodate those present before 11:55 a.m. who did not have an opportunity to comment.

You also may comment at this meeting, during this time only, via the Legislative Information Office streaming by calling 1-844-586-9085 if you are outside of Juneau. For participation from Juneau, call 586-9085. This meeting will be streamed through the Legislative Information Office over www.alaskalegislature.tv/ beginning at 12:00 p.m. October 9, 2015 (audio only).

Persons also may comment at the oral hearing via the following Legislative Information Offices:
Anchorage, 716 W 4th Ave., Suite 100; Barrow, 119 Bank Building.; Bethel, 301 Willow Street; Fairbanks, 1292 Sadler Way, Suite 308; Juneau, Suite 111, Terry Miller Building, State Capitol; Kenai, 145 Main Street Loop, Suite 217; Ketchikan, 1900 First Avenue, Suite 310; Kodiak, 305 Center Ave., Suite 1; Kotzebue, 373 2nd Street, Pillautuq Centre; Mat-Su, 600 East Railroad Ave.; Nome 103 Front Street; Seward, 302 Railway, Suite 107; Sitka, 201 Katlian Street, Suite 103; Unalaska, 029 Airport Beach Road., No. 03-01.

You may submit written questions relevant to the proposed action to Eric Fry at eric.fry@alaska.gov or Department of Education & Early Development, Attn: Eric Fry, 801 West Tenth Street, Suite 200, PO Box 110500, Juneau, Alaska 99811-0500. The questions must be received by 4:30 p.m. September 14, 2015, which is 10 days before the end of the public comment period. The Department of Education & Early Development will aggregate its responses to substantially similar questions and make the questions and response available on https://education.alaska.gov/regs/comment.cfm. The Department of Education & Early Development may, but is not required to, answer written questions received after the 10-day cut-off date and before the end of the comment period.

If you are a person with a disability who needs a special accommodation in order to participate in this process, please contact Shawn Sypeck at (907) 465-2802 or shawn.sypeck@alaska.gov no later than October 5, 2015, to ensure that any necessary accommodations can be provided.

A copy of the proposed regulation changes is available on the Alaska Online Public Notice System and at https://education.alaska.gov/regs/comment.cfm or by contacting the Department of Education & Early Development, Attn: Eric Fry, 801 West 10th Street, Suite 200, PO Box 110500, Juneau, Alaska 99811-0500.

After the public comment period ends, the Department of Education & Early Development will either adopt the proposed regulation changes or other provisions dealing with the same subject, without further notice, or decide to take no action. The language of the final regulations may be different from that of the proposed regulations. You should comment during the time allowed if your interests could be affected.

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