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Alaska recognizes the importance of literacy and has implemented several policies to promote and enhance literacy skills across the state. These policies aim to ensure that all Alaskans have access to quality education and literacy resources, regardless of their background or geographic location.

The Alaska Department of Education and Early Development (DEED) plays a key role in developing and implementing literacy policies in the state. DEED works with local school districts and educational institutions to establish standards, guidelines, and initiatives to improve literacy outcomes.

Some of the key components of literacy policies in Alaska may include:

  1. Early Literacy Programs: Alaska places emphasis on early literacy development to ensure children are prepared for success in school. Early literacy programs may include initiatives such as preschool literacy programs, early intervention services, and family literacy programs that involve parents and caregivers in supporting children's literacy skills.

  2. Standards and Assessments: Alaska has established state standards for English language arts and literacy. These standards outline the knowledge and skills students should acquire at each grade level. Assessments are used to measure students' progress and identify areas for improvement.

  3. Professional Development: Alaska promotes ongoing professional development opportunities for educators to enhance their instructional practices in literacy. This may include workshops, conferences, and training programs that focus on evidence-based strategies for teaching reading, writing, and comprehension skills.

  4. Support for Struggling Readers: Special attention is given to students who are struggling with reading and literacy skills. Intervention programs and resources are provided to support these students and help them catch up to their peers.

  5. Community Engagement: Alaska recognizes the importance of community involvement in promoting literacy. Collaboration between schools, families, libraries, and community organizations is encouraged to create a supportive literacy environment for learners of all ages.

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Alaska Student Score Gaps

  • This represents no significant change from the state’s 2019 average score.

  • Data was not reported for Black students in 2022, because reporting standards were not met.

  • In 2022, Hispanic students had an average score that was not significantly different from that of White students.

  • In 2022, male students in Alaska had an average score that was lower than that for female students by 13 points.

  • In 2022, students who were eligible for the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) had an average score that was 30 points lower than that for students who were not eligible. This performance gap was not significantly different from that in 2003 (32 points).

Information from the  NAEP website for 2022 4th grade reading scores.



These organizations are committed to promoting evidence-based reading practices, providing professional development opportunities for educators, and supporting students in developing strong reading skills.

International Dyslexia Association (IDA)

Reading Rockets


National Center on Improving Literacy (NCIL)

Reading Is Fundamental (RIF)

Reach Out and Read

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