The State Board of Education and Early Development met Thursday by teleconference, and among its actions was approving the University of Alaska Southeast’s new endorsement program in distance delivery and e-learning for certificated teachers.
UAS will offer an 18-credit program to develop advanced competencies in designing, delivering, and managing effective online instruction.
The board also opened a period of public comment on proposed regulations to implement short early-literacy screenings for all students in kindergarten, grade 1, and grade 2, and for certain 3rd-graders.
The screenings would help teachers identify students experiencing delays in attaining early-literacy skills.
The board repealed the requirement for school districts to give students a norm-referenced test in grades 5 and 7.
Norm-referenced tests compare students with a sample of students nationwide.
Alaska’s participation in the National Assessment of Educational Progress already allows for a similar comparison for grades 4 and 8.