School Accountability/School Improvement

BP 0520.00



 Note:  Since 2013, Alaska has been operating under a flexibility waiver of certain ESEA/NCLB requirements including school accountability. All flexibility waivers are void as to August 2016. However, under the Every Student Succeeds Act, which amended the ESEA in December 2015, schools identified as priority or focus schools must continue to implement improvement plans and interventions through the 2016-2017 school year.

The School Board is committed to the successful performance of the District and its schools.  The Superintendent shall implement the following requirements for schools that have not achieved adequate yearly progress as determined by the Department of Education and Early Development.

If any District school is identified for improvement, the Superintendent or designee shall develop and implement a school improvement plan in accordance with federal and state law.  This school plan shall be presented to the Board for approval.


School Choice

Note: This section applies to only those students enrolled in a school that receives Title I funds and has been identified by the State Board of Education for school improvement, corrective action, or restructuring according to federal and state law.


Note:  A parent that elects to transfer his or her student under the school choice provisions is entitled to district-provided transportation to the transfer school.  However, transportation is not required if the school is more than 50 miles from the student’s home, or if the student’s home and the school are not connected by road.  4 AAC 06.855.

Students attending a school that has failed to make adequate yearly progress for two or more consecutive years may transfer to another public school within the District, if any, that has not been identified for improvement.  If possible, the District will offer a choice of more than one school and will consider the parents’ preferences among the schools offered.  The District will not use lack of capacity to deny parents the option to transfer. The lowest-achieving students from low-income families will be given priority for school transfer.  All students transferring are entitled to enroll in classes and activities in the same manner as all other students in the school. 

A student who transfers to another school under this policy may remain at that school until the student completes the highest grade offered at the school.  The District shall provide transportation only until the end of the school year in which the transferring school ceases to be identified for school improvement.  All notices provided to parents/guardians and transfer requests are governed by State and federal law.

If there are no District schools available into which a student may transfer, or District-provided transportation is unavailable, the Superintendent or designee shall, to the extent practicable, establish a cooperative agreement with other districts in the area or offer supplemental educational services to qualifying students. 

Supplemental Educational Services

Note:  Your district may not disclose to the public, absent parental consent, the identity of those students who are eligible for, or are receiving, supplemental services.


Note:  The Department of Education and Early Development may waive, in whole or in part, the requirement that a district make available supplemental educational services if, at the request of the district, the Department determines that (1) none of the providers on the list approved by the Department makes those services available in the area serviced by the district or within a reasonable distance of that area; and (2) the district provides evidence that it is not otherwise able to make those services available.

Students from qualifying low-income families shall be provided supplemental educational services as provided in federal and state law if they attend any District school that has been designated as Level 3 or higher by the Department.  The District will provide annual notice to parents of the availability of these services, the identity of state-approved providers, and a brief description of the services, qualifications and demonstrated effectiveness of each provider.  Upon request, the District will assist parents in choosing a provider.

Supplemental educational services include tutoring and other high-quality research-based supplemental academic enrichment services.  These services are in addition to instruction provided during the school day and should enable students to attain proficiency on assessments, as well as increased academic achievement.

The Superintendent shall enter into/prepare for Board approval a written agreement with each provider selected by a parent.  The agreement shall be prepared in accordance with law.

Note:  The required terms of the agreement between the district and supplemental service provider are found at 4 AAC 06.860.  Districts are advised to consult this regulation and confer with your attorney in preparing the written service agreements.



Legal Reference:

4 AAC 06.800 -.899 School and District Accountability

Elementary and Secondary Education Act, 20 U.S.C. § 6316, et. seq., as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (P.L. 114-95, December 10, 2015)


Revision Date:  4/8/09
Revision Date: 8/26/2015
Revision Date 8/24/2016





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