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Chugach School District

  1. 1. …DU C ATION CHUGACH SCHOOL DISTRICT PRODUCT OR SERVICE: Pre-school to post secondary. 214 students and 30 staff members. SITUATION ANALYSIS: The Chugach School District (CSD) is not your typical school district. Covering 22,000 square miles in Alaska, the majority of its 214 students live in remote areas accessible only by aircraft. CSD pioneered a standards-based system of “whole child education” that emphasizes real-life learning situations. The approach aims for measurable and demonstrable proficiency in 10 areas of performance, from basic academic and career development skills to cultural awareness and character skills. The CSD program has given rise to a grass roots school reform movement that schools in other parts of the United States are working to emulate. QUALITY PRACTICES: CSD’s standards-based system provides clear expectations to students, teachers and parents along with running record assessments to track progress. The Chugach Instructional Model delivers integrated learning teaching units, and an automated student tracking system promotes cohesion among staff. A variety of career development and incentive programs is offered, including 30 days annual faculty training (double the state average), a $1,000 per staff professional development fund and pay-for-performance salary system. RESULTS: CSD’s scores on the California Achievement Test rose dramatically: reading rose from the 28th percentile in 1995 to the 71st in 1999; math rose from 54th to 78th; and language rose from 26th to 72nd. In the four subject areas tested in Alaska’s High School Graduation Qualifying Examinations, CSD topped the state average. CHUGACH SCHOOL DISTRICT TESTING/SCROING 100% CAT Score 80% Math 60% Language 40% 20% 0% 1995 1999 CAS… ST U DY … . 3

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