Legislature(2019 - 2020)DAVIS 106

02/17/2020 09:00 AM EDUCATION

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09:06:25 AM Presentation: State Board of Education Annual Report to the Alaska Legislature
10:05:54 AM Adjourn
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Annual Report of the State Board of Education &
Early Development by James Fields, Board Chair
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                    ALASKA STATE LEGISLATURE                                                                                  
                         JOINT MEETING                                                                                        
               HOUSE EDUCATION STANDING COMMITTEE                                                                             
              SENATE EDUCATION STANDING COMMITTEE                                                                             
                       February 17, 2020                                                                                        
                           9:05 a.m.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS PRESENT                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
HOUSE EDUCATION STANDING COMMITTEE                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
 Representative Harriet Drummond, Co-Chair                                                                                      
 Representative Andi Story, Co-Chair                                                                                            
 Representative Grier Hopkins                                                                                                   
 Representative Tiffany Zulkosky                                                                                                
 Representative DeLena Johnson                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
SENATE EDUCATION STANDING COMMITTEE                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
 Senator Gary Stevens, Chair                                                                                                    
 Senator Shelley Hughes, Vice Chair                                                                                             
 Senator Mia Costello                                                                                                           
 Senator Tom Begich                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
MEMBERS ABSENT                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
HOUSE EDUCATION STANDING COMMITTEE                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
 Representative Chris Tuck                                                                                                      
 [One vacant seat as of 1/25/2020]                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
SENATE EDUCATION STANDING COMMITTEE                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
 Senator John Coghill                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
COMMITTEE CALENDAR                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
PRESENTATION: STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION ANNUAL REPORT TO THE                                                                     
ALASKA LEGISLATURE                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
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WITNESS REGISTER                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
JAMES FIELDS, Chair                                                                                                             
Alaska State Board of Education & Early Development                                                                             
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION  STATEMENT:    Presented   the  Alaska  State  Board  of                                                             
Education & Early Development Annual Report.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MICHAEL JOHNSON, PhD, Commissioner                                                                                              
Department of Education & Early Development                                                                                     
Juneau, Alaska                                                                                                                  
POSITION   STATEMENT:       Provided   information   during   the                                                             
presentation  of the  Alaska  State Board  of  Education &  Early                                                               
Development.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
ACTION NARRATIVE                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
9:05:38 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  GARY STEVENS  called the  joint meeting  of the  House and                                                             
Senate Education Standing Committees to order at 9:05 a.m.                                                                      
Representatives Hopkins,  Johnson, Zulkosky, Story,  and Drummond                                                               
and Senators  Hughes, Costello, Begich, and  Stevens were present                                                               
at the call to order.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
^PRESENTATION:  State Board  of  Education Annual  Report to  the                                                               
Alaska Legislature                                                                                                              
  PRESENTATION: State Board of Education Annual Report to the                                                               
                       Alaska Legislature                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
[Contains discussion of SB 6.]                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
9:06:25 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR STEVENS announced that the  only order of business would be                                                               
a presentation  by the  Alaska State Board  of Education  & Early                                                               
Development.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
9:06:45 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
JAMES   FIELDS,  Chair,   State  Board   of  Education   &  Early                                                               
Development, began  a PowerPoint  Presentation on the  2020 State                                                               
Board  of  Education  Annual Report  [hardcopy  included  in  the                                                               
committee packet].                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
9:08:04 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
The committee took an at-ease from 9:08 a.m. to 9:09 a.m.                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
9:09:08 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MR.  FIELDS introduced  and  provided a  brief  biography of  the                                                               
members of the  board listed on the first slide.   He referred to                                                               
the slide  entitled "Alaska State Constitution  education clause"                                                               
to highlight the  strategic vision of the board.   He recited the                                                               
Department  of  Education  &  Early  Development  (DEED)  purpose                                                               
statement and  drew attention to "Alaska's  Education Challenge,"                                                               
which  consists of  five goals,  shown  on the  slide as  follows                                                               
[original punctuation provided]:                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
     1. Support all students to read at grade level by the                                                                      
     end of third grade                                                                                                         
     2. Increase career, technical, and culturally relevant                                                                     
     education to meet student and workforce needs                                                                              
       3. Close the achievement gap by ensuring equitable                                                                       
     educational rigor and resources                                                                                            
      4. Prepare, attract, and retain effective education                                                                       
     professionals                                                                                                              
        5. Improve the safety and well-being of students                                                                        
    through    school     partnerships    with    families,                                                                     
     communities, and tribes                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
9:11:20 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR STORY,  referring to goal  number three, noted  that the                                                               
Juneau School  District has  started closing  the "instructional"                                                               
gap as  compared to  the "achievement" gap.   She  explained that                                                               
phrasing this differently resulted in  focus on meeting the needs                                                               
of  students  who  come  prepared   and  ready  to  learn.    She                                                               
recommended that the board consider this change in language.                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
9:12:10 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MR. FIELDS drew attention to  the slide entitled "REGULATIONS AND                                                               
OTHER  BOARD  ACTIONS"  and highlighted  the  formation  of  four                                                               
committees,  each  one  focused  on  different  DEED  priorities:                                                               
standards  and assessments,  tribal compacting,  regulations, and                                                               
the  funding   formula.    He  explained   that  the  committees'                                                               
configuration is  being examined for effectiveness  and that some                                                               
of the structure may change.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
He  noted that  in  the area  of school  health  and safety,  the                                                               
Transforming Schools  Toolkit - a whole-child  resource to assist                                                               
Alaska schools becoming fully trauma  engaged and practicing - is                                                               
scheduled  for  completion in  2020.    He also  highlighted  the                                                               
Adverse  Childhood  Experiences  (ACEs)/Trauma  Informed  Schools                                                               
eLearning courses,  and paraphrased  from page  11 of  the annual                                                               
report, which read as follows [original punctuation provided]:                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
     DEED's   eLearning  Program   provides  more   than  50                                                                    
     trainings to districts  at no cost and  now serves more                                                                    
     than 25,000  school district employees.   Since January                                                                    
     1,  2019  users completed  26,057  courses.   The  most                                                                    
     heavily trafficked  courses DEED continued to  be those                                                                    
     focusing  on school  health and  safety  topics.   DEED                                                                    
     continued   its   development   of   distance-delivered                                                                    
     trainings  to  assist  districts with  becoming  trauma                                                                    
     informed.                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
9:14:10 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MR. FIELDS  explained that DEED  applied for and was  awarded $20                                                               
million in  grant funding.   He read a  selection of [a  quote by                                                               
Dr.  Michael Johnson,  Commissioner, DEED,  from page  13 of  the                                                               
annual report], as follows:                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
     We intentionally applied for  this grant to support the                                                                    
     implementation of the first  goal in Alaska's Education                                                                    
     Challenge    supporting all students  to read  at grade                                                                    
     level by the end of third  grade.  There is no question                                                                    
     that  reading  proficiently improves  student  outcomes                                                                    
     and quality of life.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
MR. FIELDS  explained that 26  districts applied for  grants, and                                                               
16 were awarded  grant funding:  Alaska  Gateway School District,                                                               
Aleutians   East  Borough   School  District,   Anchorage  School                                                               
District, Bering  Strait School  District, Denali  Borough School                                                               
District, Fairbanks  North Star Borough District,  Juneau Borough                                                               
School District,  Kodiak Island  Borough School  District, Kuspuk                                                               
School  District, Lake  and  Peninsula  Borough School  District,                                                               
Lower  Yukon School  District,  Matanuska-Susitna Borough  School                                                               
District,  Nenana  City  School District,  Nome  Public  Schools,                                                               
Southeast  Island  School  District, and  Yukon  -Koyukuk  School                                                               
District.  He  highlighted program areas where  grant funding has                                                               
been  applied   throughout  the  districts,   including  literacy                                                               
development,    professional    development,    hiring    reading                                                               
specialists,  innovations  in   reading  instruction  strategies,                                                               
increasing family engagement, and  reading support outside of the                                                               
school year timeframe.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
9:15:29 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  ZULKOSKY requested  that DEED  provide additional                                                               
information on the  school districts and explanation  of focus on                                                               
how grant funding has been received.                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
9:15:48 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
The committee took an at-ease 9:15 a.m. to 9:16 a.m.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
9:16:23 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MR.   FIELDS  highlighted   the  new   school  data   portal  and                                                               
paraphrased  from  the  annual  report,  which  read  as  follows                                                               
[original punctuation provided]:                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                
     On September 30, 2019, DEED  released a new online data                                                                    
     portal for  Alaska's families  entitled The  Compass: A                                                                    
     Guide to Alaska's  Public Schools.  The  purpose of the                                                                    
     online  portal is  to  provide  Alaska's families  with                                                                    
     important  information about  their  child's school  so                                                                    
     they  can make  the  best decisions  for their  child's                                                                    
     educational experience.   The Compass  presents school-                                                                    
     level  data reported  to DEED  in an  easily accessible                                                                    
     and understandable online format.   Visitors can view a                                                                    
     profile of  their school,  compare their  school's data                                                                    
     over multiple  years, compare two schools,  and explore                                                                    
     educational options in their  local school district and                                                                    
     across the state.                                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
MR. FIELDS added that the  portal was recently updated to include                                                               
data relating  to per-pupil expenditures  on the  federal, state,                                                               
and local levels to increase public accountability of schools.                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
9:17:29 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR STORY asked  Mr. Fields whether the  board could explain                                                               
specific circumstances  represented in the data,  such as whether                                                               
a  school had  higher  salaried  teachers due  to  the length  of                                                               
service of those teachers.                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
MR. FIELDS  indicated that  the board  had not  met in  person in                                                               
seven or  eight months but  has plans to consider  including that                                                               
type of additional data on the portal.                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
9:18:38 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR STEVENS asked  whether the board has not met  in person due                                                               
to lack of funding.                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
MR.  FIELDS  answered  that  the board  has  only  two  in-person                                                               
meetings per year due to lack of funding.                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
9:19:24 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MICHAEL  JOHNSON, PhD,  Commissioner, Department  of Education  &                                                               
Early Development, in response to  Co-Chair Story's query, stated                                                               
that the  data represented  on the portal  is in  compliance with                                                               
requirements of  the Every Student Succeeds  Act [2015, successor                                                               
to No Child  Left Behind Act].  He explained  that when questions                                                               
arise  from   individuals  accessing   the  portal   regarding  a                                                               
particular school, they  are encouraged to contact  the school in                                                               
question to get site-specific data.                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
9:20:26 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR  STORY   suggested  that   DEED  provide   some  concise                                                               
narrative describing  mitigating factors of a  school [that would                                                               
explain per-pupil expenditure variations.]                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
9:20:59 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR STEVENS  asked Dr. Johnson  for suggestions on  solving the                                                               
problem of the lack of funding for in-person meetings.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
9:21:19 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DR.  JOHNSON  noted that  this  year's  executive budget  request                                                               
included an  increment in  funding for  monthly meetings,  with a                                                               
fiscal note that  designated six of the twelve meetings  to be in                                                               
person,  although the  House  Finance  Sub-Committee removed  the                                                               
increment.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
9:22:47 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR HUGHES  asked whether  the board  had explored  a virtual                                                               
meeting space  as compared to merely  meeting via teleconference.                                                               
She added  that students  in Alaska  use technology  for distance                                                               
learning in a virtual learning environment.                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
DR. JOHNSON  answered that  DEED has  used [Cisco  product] WebEx                                                               
and has coordinated with the  Legislative Information Office.  He                                                               
pointed out  that the  board meetings are  subject to  the Alaska                                                               
Open Meetings  Act [AS 44.62.310-312],  and he  expressed concern                                                               
about  maintaining public  access to  the meetings  in compliance                                                               
with the Act.                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
9:24:31 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  HUGHES  noted  that  technology  exists  beyond  viewing                                                               
meeting  participants as  "dots  around a  table" and  encouraged                                                               
DEED  to   explore  other  available  technologies   to  increase                                                               
productivity of meetings that are not taking place in person.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
9:25:15 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE ZULKOSKY reiterated the  remarks of Senator Hughes                                                               
regarding  advanced technology  for  meetings.   She  recommended                                                               
that DEED coordinate  with the University of  Alaska to determine                                                               
technologies  that it  uses to  engage meeting  participants more                                                               
fully.   She pointed out  that students in Alaska  are encouraged                                                               
to  use distance  learning to  obtain their  education, and  that                                                               
DEED should explore those same options.                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
9:26:42 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MR. FIELDS  indicated that the  board members have  some barriers                                                               
to understanding and  using new technology.  He  added that face-                                                               
to-face interactions outside of  meeting proceedings add value to                                                               
the  in-person board  meetings.   He noted  that Internet  access                                                               
varies  depending on  location  of meetings,  and  he said  sites                                                               
would require  vetting in addition  to board members  learning to                                                               
use new technologies.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
9:29:29 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR HUGHES  added that she supports  in-person board meetings                                                               
and  visits to  individual  communities.   She  pointed out  that                                                               
students  are  asked  to  participate   in  their  education  via                                                               
distance learning, and  the board would benefit  from sharing the                                                               
experience of the students while  maintaining compliance with the                                                               
Alaska  Open Meetings  Act.   She  suggested  that Alaska  should                                                               
pioneer  virtual  education  on  a  statewide  level,  especially                                                               
considering the nationwide teacher shortage.                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
9:30:36 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR  DRUMMOND detailed  a student's  experience in  distance                                                               
learning in Nunapitchuk,  described to her as  a "storage closet"                                                               
that  was subject  to any  other streaming  users on  the network                                                               
which would need to be actively  managed in order for the student                                                               
to participate  in his  class.   She suggested  that improvements                                                               
need to  be made to  the distance learning  opportunities offered                                                               
to students.                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
9:31:49 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MR. FIELDS  continued with the  presentation and  highlighted Mt.                                                               
Edgecumbe High School as a leader in academic progress.                                                                         
                                                                                                                                
9:32:48 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  BEGICH referred  to page  18  of the  annual report  and                                                               
noted that between  years 2018 and 2019, the  percentage shows an                                                               
increase in  graduation rates; however, the  graduate count shows                                                               
a decrease  in number.  He  asked whether that was  an indication                                                               
of a decline in the number of student population.                                                                               
                                                                                                                                
DR. JOHNSON indicated that DEED would  work with its data team to                                                               
provide an answer.                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
9:34:25 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR BEGICH  recommended a comparison of  available data using                                                               
multiple [aggregate]  years of data  that will reflect  trends on                                                               
which to base and measure impact of decisions.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
9:35:32 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DR. JOHNSON  agreed to provide  additional information  and noted                                                               
that DEED already  performs a calculation of  four- and five-year                                                               
graduation rates, which DEED uses to analyze trends.                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
9:36:03 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  HOPKINS  referred  to DEED's  report  summary  on                                                               
trauma informed  learning and goal  number three of  the Alaska's                                                               
Education Challenge,  pertaining to behavioral health  and social                                                               
emotional learning,  and he asked  for a description of  what the                                                               
board is  working towards and what  it are doing with  schools in                                                               
this area of focus.  He asked how the legislature might help.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
9:36:50 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MR. FIELDS  indicated coordination is taking  place with partners                                                               
such as other state agencies and native organizations.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                
9:37:46 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DR. JOHNSON  indicated that eLearning  courses are  well utilized                                                               
and  well  received  by participants,  and  modules  are  updated                                                               
frequently.    He  added  that  DEED  is  coordinating  knowledge                                                               
sharing with  other states on  trauma informed learning,  as this                                                               
is  a rapidly  developing field.    He indicated  that the  board                                                               
intends  to  conduct  further  outreach  with  other  states  and                                                               
stakeholders.   He mentioned that  the board intends  to continue                                                               
dialogue with stakeholders for feedback.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
9:39:38 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  HOPKINS  asked what  DEED  is  doing to  get  the                                                               
curriculum directly into the classrooms.                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
9:40:29 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
MR.  FIELDS referred  to Transforming  Schools:  A Framework  for                                                             
Trauma-Engaged   Schools  in   Alaska  as   the  guidelines   for                                                             
implementing these practices in the classroom.                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
9:41:19 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  STEVENS   requested  copies   of  the  booklets   for  the                                                               
committee.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
9:41:27 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  HUGHES  said  she has  received  feedback  from  teacher                                                               
constituents suggesting  that National Assessment  of Educational                                                               
Progress (NAEP)  scores are  statistically concealing  pockets of                                                               
excellence.  She  asked how a certain school's  NAEP scores could                                                               
be reported individually.                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                
9:42:19 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DR.  JOHNSON indicated  that  NAEP scores  are  not available  by                                                               
school, or even  by district, because they are  aggregated on the                                                               
national level.   He  noted that  some very  large cities  pay to                                                               
have their scores reported directly  to them; however, no schools                                                               
in Alaska pay  for this information.  He also  noted that not all                                                               
schools or  districts participate  in NAEP.   He referred  to The                                                               
Compass data portal as a  means to obtain detailed information on                                                               
a particular school.                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                
9:44:27 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE   ZULKOSKY  asked   DEED  to   provide  background                                                               
information on The  Compass portal initiative.   Referring to her                                                               
experience in 1997  as a student at Bethel  Regional High School,                                                               
which experienced a shooting [incident],  she asked what measures                                                               
for physical safety for schools  in various communities are being                                                               
contemplated or implemented.                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DR.  JOHNSON  indicated that  data  is  sought  by a  variety  of                                                               
stakeholders,  and  The Compass  as  a  concept arose  to  answer                                                               
frequently sought  data in addition  to achievement data  on math                                                               
and  English  language  arts.   He  noted  that  developments  in                                                               
technology contributed to a more  user-friendly look and feel for                                                               
this data  to be stored  and accessed  on the Internet,  and that                                                               
DEED actively  seeks stakeholder recommendations on  what data to                                                               
include.                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
9:47:46 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
DR.  JOHNSON spoke  about safety  in schools  by noting  that the                                                               
U.S. Department  of Education recently published  a school safety                                                               
website.   He described DEED's  outreach to  individual districts                                                               
to seek information about its community and needs.                                                                              
                                                                                                                                
9:49:53 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  STEVENS asked  whether training  for safety  could inflict                                                               
trauma on the students participating.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
DR. JOHNSON indicated that he does  not have an answer.  He cited                                                               
active shooter  drills have, on  occasion, had a  negative impact                                                               
on  students.   He expressed  hope  that the  U.S. Department  of                                                               
Education  website  will  offer guidance  on  appropriate  safety                                                               
preparation and training for schools.                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
9:51:27 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR  STEVENS  acknowledged Representative  Zulkosky's  personal                                                               
experience with  a school shooting  and sought her  leadership on                                                               
matters of safety in schools.                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
9:51:36 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE ZULKOSKY pointed out  tremendous changes to safety                                                               
infrastructure  and awareness  that have  taken place  in the  23                                                               
years  since   [the  Bethel  school  shooting   incident].    She                                                               
encouraged  continuation  of  addressing  mental  and  behavioral                                                               
health, and she  recommended that physical safety  should also be                                                               
considered.                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
9:52:40 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR STORY  shared that students  have indicated to  her that                                                               
they  have received  safety or  emergency preparedness  training,                                                               
but there  was no follow  up and reinforcement from  teachers and                                                               
administrators.    She  asked  how  DEED  is  addressing  teacher                                                               
shortages and difficulties with recruitment and retention.                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
DR.  JOHNSON  explained  that  the  board  is  contemplating  new                                                               
regulations for emergency teacher  certification and is reviewing                                                               
certification  regulations   to  ensure  that  they   are  not  a                                                               
hindrance   to  recruitment.     He   referred  to   the  teacher                                                               
[retention]  working  group  in  SB  6,  which  includes  Senator                                                               
Costello, that will examine matters  such as exit interviews.  He                                                               
noted that increased literacy among  students in Alaska will lead                                                               
to an increased talent pool of teachers available in the future.                                                                
                                                                                                                                
9:55:56 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR STEVENS commented  that the legislature has  reached out to                                                               
the  University  of  Alaska  to  seek its  input  on  matters  of                                                               
retention.                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                
9:56:26 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR BEGICH  cautioned that  SB 6 has  not passed  the Senate,                                                               
and only after it is enacted will the working group commence.                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
9:56:55 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
SENATOR  HUGHES added  that increased  proficiency will  increase                                                               
the  pipeline  of  new  teachers in  the  future,  and  increased                                                               
proficiency among  students now  will positively  impact existing                                                               
teachers  to potentially  stay  longer.   She  asked whether  the                                                               
committees  formed  by  the  board   would  provide  comments  on                                                               
proposed legislation.   She indicated concern  with future tribal                                                               
compacting possibly contributing to higher administrative costs.                                                                
                                                                                                                                
9:59:44 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
CHAIR STEVENS  noted that tribal  compacting legislation  has not                                                               
been heard and there is opportunity for discussion.                                                                             
                                                                                                                                
9:59:56 AM                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE  HOPKINS spoke  to the  potential for  innovations                                                               
and  nimbleness  in  planning  that  could  be  taking  place  in                                                               
districts,  including charter  school formation.   He  noted that                                                               
teacher  pay and  the teachers  retirement system  (TRS) [benefit                                                               
plan] should be changed in order to encourage retention.                                                                        
                                                                                                                                
10:02:13 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
CO-CHAIR STORY  referred to  page 18 of  DEED's annual  report on                                                               
student  data and  requested inclusion  of  post graduate  survey                                                               
data to measure the success  of programs and policies implemented                                                               
by  the  legislature and  DEED.    She  noted that  students  are                                                               
receiving less  support financially under the  Alaska Performance                                                               
Scholarships  and  standardized  testing  costs,  and  she  asked                                                               
whether the decline  in students taking these tests  was a result                                                               
of decreased funding.                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                
10:03:58 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
REPRESENTATIVE JOHNSON  noted that the  Matanuska-Susitna Borough                                                               
School District conducts post graduate surveys of students.                                                                     
                                                                                                                                
10:04:19 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
MR. FIELDS noted  a decline in collaboration  with the university                                                               
due to  a lack of  joint meetings  with the University  of Alaska                                                               
Board of Regents.  He  postulated that this decreased interaction                                                               
may have had a negative impact planning for teacher retention.                                                                  
                                                                                                                                
10:05:54 AM                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
ADJOURNMENT                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                
There being no  further business before the  committee, the joint                                                               
meeting  of the  House and  Senate Education  Standing Committees                                                               
was adjourned at 10:06 a.m.                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                

Document Name Date/Time Subjects
2020 State-Board-of-Education_Annual-Report_17Feb2020.pdf SEDC 2/17/2020 9:00:00 AM
Presentation - State Board of Education and Early Development - Annual Report