College and Career Ready Definitions
Alaska has not adopted or made available a definition of college and career readiness.
Accountability Metrics
  • Student achievement status on state tests
  •  Student growth on state tests
  • Attendance rate
  • Four-year graduation rate
  • Additional graduation rates (five or more years
  • Performance on college entry exams such as SAT, ACT, ACCUPLACER, or COMPASS
  • Career preparedness participation, including completing career and technical education classes or WorkKeys assessments and participating in job training
  • Career preparedness performance, including earning credentials or certificates, performance on WorkKeys, and grades in career and technical education courses

Source: Center for American Progress. (2016). Explore the Data for ‘Making the Grade’. Retrieved from

College and Career Ready Reporting Metrics
State School Report Card1
Alaska Developmental Profile2
Statistics and Reports3
Carl D. Perkins Reports5
Youth Risk Behavior Survey4
High School Graduation Qualifying Examination scores1
Students attending preschool2
Developmental profile (kindergarten readiness)2
         o Approaches to leaning
         o Cognition and general knowledge
CTE participation1
WorkKeys scores3
CTE concentrators5
Students reaching targeted level of CTE skill attainment
Students completing
Students graduating
Students entering postsecondary education or advanced training, military service, or employment within two quarters following graduation
Retention rate/dropout rate1
Average volunteer hours per week1
Youth Risk Behavior Survey4
Developmental profile (kindergarten readiness)2
         o Physical well-being, health, and motor development
         o Social and emotional development
Percentage diploma waivers1
1. Alaska Department of Education & Early Development. (2016). Alaska state report card to the public. Retrieved from
2. Alaska Department of Education & Early Development. (2014). Alaska developmental profile: 2013–2014 suppressed. Retrieved from
3. Alaska Department of Health and Social Services. (2016). Statistics and reports. Retrieved from
4. Alaska Department of Health and Social Services. (2015). Alaska Youth Risk Behavior Survey results. Retrieved from
5. Alaska Department of Education & Early Development. (2016). Carl Perkins IV career tech education (CTE) public reports. Retrieved from


Dual Enrollment and Early College High School

Dual Enrollment and Articulation
Alaska does not have state policy in place that allows students to earn dual credit, although dual credit is offered on an institutional basis (Education Commission of the States, 2015).

Early College High School
The Center for Native Education has partnered with an institution of higher education to provide one early college high school program as part of the Early College High School Initiative (ECHSI). More information about schools participating in ECHSI is available at the ECHSI website.


Jobs for the Future. (n.d.). Schools. Retrieved from

Education Commission of the States. (2015). Dual enrollment – all state profiles. Retrieved from

Career Pathways

Alaska implements programs of study aligned with the following 13 Career Clusters:

  • Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources
  • Architecture & Construction 
  • Arts, A/V Technology & Communications
  • Business, Management & Administration
  • Education & Training
  • Health Science
  • Hospitality & Tourism
  • Information Technology
  • Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security
  • Manufacturing
  • Marketing
  • Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics
  • Transportation, Distribution & Logistics


National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium. (n.d.). Alaska [Interactive map of state CTE profiles]. Retrieved from

Career Exploration and Career Plans

In 2010, Alaska mandated that all students in Grades 6–12 have a Personal Learning and Career Plan (PLCP) (U.S. Department of Labor, 2013). The Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education and the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development have partnered to create a state resource on career planning available to all Alaska residents. PLCPs are designed to be used in student conferences to help students, educators, and family members keep track of student academic and career goals and needs. PLPCs are to be updated annually.


U.S. Department of Labor. (2013). Individualized learning plans across the U.S. Retrieved from

Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education. (2015). PLCP - Personal Learning & Career Plans. Retrieved from

Alaska Department of Education & Early Development. (2010). Alaska Career and Technical Education Plan: A call to action. Retrieved from Commission on Postsecondary Education (n.d.). AKCIS login. Retrieved from

Alignment Between High School Graduation and State College Admission Requirements

High School and College Alignment


High School Graduation Requirements

College Admission Requirements

English Credits:


None specified (N/S)

Mathematics Credits:



Social Studies Credits:

3.0 (including Alaska history [0.5])


Science Credits:



Foreign Language Credits:



Arts Credits:



Additional Credits:

10.0 (health/physical education [1.0] and electives [9.0])


Total Credits:




Alaska High School Graduation Qualifying Examination

Alaska High School Graduation Qualifying Examination, Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT), or ACT®


Alaska Department of Education and Early Development

University of Alaska Anchorage





Early Warning Systems
Alaska may have a state-specific Early Warning System, but the system is not publicly available.