Community Involvement in Local Governance
Community Involvement in Local Governance
State law requires community member representation on school governance councils or in school improvement planning efforts.
Alaska Administrative Code 4 AAC 04.200. Professional content and performance Standard
(10) An administrator facilitates the participation of parents and families as partners in the education of children. Performances that reflect attainment of this standard include
- (A) supporting and respecting the responsibilities of parents and families, recognizing the variety of parenting traditions and practices in the community;
- (B) ensuring that teachers and staff engage parents and families in assisting student learning;
- (C) maintaining a school or program climate that welcomes parents and families and invites their participation; and
- (D) involving parents and community in meaningful ways in school or program decision-making.
Alaska Administrative Code 4 AAC 06.864. Schools designated for comprehensive support and improvement
(a) The department must notify each district in the state that serves one or more schools designated for comprehensive support and improvement under 4 AAC 06.840(a) of a designation under 4 AAC 06.888. (b) Upon receiving notice from the department, the district shall, for each school designated for comprehensive support and improvement, and in partnership with stakeholders (including principals and other school leaders, secondary students, teachers, parents and community members, tribal representatives, and at least one member selected by the department), locally develop and implement a comprehensive support and improvement plan for the school to improve student outcomes, that
- (1) is informed by all indicators described in 4 AAC 06.812 -- 4 AAC 06.826, including student performance against long-term goals;
- (2) includes evidence-based interventions;
- (3) is based on a school-level needs assessment;
- (4) identifies resource inequities, which may include a review of district- and school-level budgeting, to be addressed through implementation of the comprehensive support and improvement plan;
- (5) is approved by the school, district, and the department; and
- (6) upon approval and implementation, is monitored and periodically reviewed by the department.
Alaska Administrative Code 4 AAC 06.895. Report card to the public
(g) In providing the description of student, parent, community, and business involvement in student learning, as required by AS 14.03.120(d)(4), each school shall state
- (1) the number and percentage of students responding to the teacher evaluation survey;
- (2) the number and percentage of parents responding to the teacher evaluation survey;
- (3) the number of school-business or interagency partnerships the school has entered into under a written agreement;
- (4) the average number of volunteer-hours a week spent in the school by parents and other members of the community;
- (5) a narrative description of the results of parental, community, or business involvement, as identified by the school; and
- (6) any other information the school wishes to provide on this subject.
Alaska Statutes 2017 Section 14.03.123. School and district accountability.
(d) A public school or district that receives a low performance designation under this section shall prepare and submit to the department a school or district improvement plan, as applicable, in accordance with regulations adopted by the board. The improvement plan must be prepared with the maximum feasible public participation of the community including, as appropriate, interested individuals, teachers, parents, parent organizations, students, tribal organizations, local government representatives, and other community groups. The improvement plan must, to the extent possible, include measures that increase local control of education and parental choice and that do not require a direct increase in state or federal funding for the school or district.
Alaska Statutes 2019 Section 14.03.120. Education planning; reports.
(a) A district shall annually file with the department, and make available to the public, a report that
- (1) establishes district goals and priorities for improving education in the district;
- (2) includes a plan for achieving district goals and priorities; and
- (3) includes a means of measuring the achievement of district goals and priorities.
(b) The department shall summarize the reports submitted under (a) of this section and include all revenue received by each school district organized in easily sortable categories including ADM and district, as a statewide report, provide a copy to the governor, publish the report on the department’s Internet website, and notify the legislature that the report is available; in this subsection, “revenue” means all money reported to the department as receipts from any source, including state, federal, local, special, and other funding.
(c) A district shall make efforts to encourage students, parents, teachers, and other members of the community to participate in the preparation of the report submitted under (a) of this section.
(d) Annually, before the date set by the district under (e) of this section, each public school shall deliver to the department for posting on the department’s Internet website and provide, in a public meeting of parents, students, and community members, a report on the school’s performance and the performance of the school’s students. The report shall be prepared on a form prescribed by the department and must include
- (1) information on accreditation;
- (2) results of norm-referenced achievement tests;
- (3) results of state Standard-based assessments in language arts and mathematics;
- (4) a description, including quantitative and qualitative measures, of student, parent, community, and business involvement in student learning;
- (5) a description of the school’s attendance, retention, dropout, and graduation rates as specified by the state board;
- (6) the annual percent of enrollment change, regardless of reason, and the annual percent of enrollment change due to student transfers into and out of the school district;
- (7) if Native language education is provided, a summary and evaluation of the curriculum described in AS 14.30.420;
- (8) the performance designation assigned the school under AS 14.03.123 and the methodology used to assign the performance designation, including the measures used and their relative weights;
- (9) other information concerning school performance and the performance of the school’s students as required by the state board in regulation; and
- (10) information on the number, attendance, and performance of students enrolled in the school whose parents or guardians are on active duty in the armed forces of the United States, the United States Coast Guard, the Alaska National Guard, the Alaska Naval Militia, or the Alaska State Defense Force.
(e) By a date set by the district, each public school in the district shall provide the report described in (d) of this section to the district’s governing body. Along with the report, each public school shall submit a summary of comments made on the report by parents, students, and community members. By July 1 of each year, each district shall provide to the department a report on the performance of each public school and the public school students in the district. The district’s report must
- (1) be entitled “School District Report Card to the Public”; and
- (2) include
- (A) copies of the reports and summaries of comments submitted under this section by each public school in the district;
- (B) a compilation of the material described in (A) of this paragraph by each public school in the district;
- (C) the designation assigned the district under AS 14.03.123 and the methodology used to assign the performance designation, including the measures used and their relative weights; and
- (D) other information concerning school performance and the performance of the school’s students as required by the state board in regulation.