JUNEAU - The State Board of Education and Early Development recently revised regulations related to school facilities and assessments.
Under revised school facilities regulations, school districts may submit no more than 10 applications for capital projects (new construction and major maintenance) per annual application cycle.
The new regulation also requires school districts to demonstrate that they project to have at least 25 students in a new school five years after constructing the school. However, the Commissioner of Education could determine that new construction is warranted for a school projected to have fewer students in that time frame.
The board adopted a regulation to revise the manual for the non-standardized high school exit exam to reflect slight changes to the descriptions of what constitutes proficiency in math.
The board opened a period of public comment for a proposed regulation that would allow the state to rank schools for the purpose of determining eligibility for federal school improvement grants. The grants are intended for persistently low-achieving schools.
The board also opened a period of public comment for proposed physical education standards, which, if adopted, districts may voluntarily use.
The board also approved a school social work program at the University of Alaska Anchorage, a post-baccalaureate certificate program in K-12 special education from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and a master of education degree program from UAF. The board approved the teacher preparation program and the certification-only option program at Alaska Pacific University through June 30, 2011.
The packet is available at http://www.eed.state.ak.us/State_Board/pdf/10March_Packet.pdf.