Comprehensive Assessment System
(Performance Evaluation for Alaska's Schools)
Each spring, schools give the statewide assessment to students in grades 3-10. This test provides students the opportunity to show their understanding of important skills in English language arts, mathematics, and science at their grade level. In most cases, ASD students will take this assessment on a computer.
|Grades||Designated Testing Weeks|
3 and 7
March 28-April 7
4 and 8
5 and 9
6 and 10
Window subject to change | More information about PEAKS testing structures »
Ways to Help Your Child
- Talk to your child about testing. It’s helpful for children to understand why schools give tests.
- Encourage your child. Praise him/her for the things they do well. If your child feels confident, he/she will likely do their best on a test. Children who are afraid of failing are more likely to become anxious about test taking.
- Ensure your child attends school regularly. Testing days are important days to be at school on time to allow for the least stressful testing experience for your child. Avoid scheduling appointments on testing days.
- Help your child get a good night’s sleep the night before a test.
- Eat a healthy breakfast the morning of a test. Hunger can distract a child from the task at hand. Many ASD schools serve breakfast. Learn more at www.asdk12.org/studentnutrition.
Source: U.S. Department of Education
PEAKS Frequently Asked Questions
- What is PEAKS?
- PEAKS (Performance Evaluation for Alaska’s Schools) is the new state summative assessment. Participation in the spring state assessment is a requirement of both the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and Alaska state regulation to inform stakeholders about student performance. PEAKS is one part of a balanced, comprehensive assessment system, which also includes district and formative assessments.
- How was PEAKS developed?
- Data Recognition Corporation (DRC) is the vendor providing the PEAKS assessment for the State of Alaska. DRC is located in Minnesota and is an experienced testing vendor. Visit the State of Alaska’s website for the Press Release regarding the selection of DRC as the vendor for PEAKS: https://education.alaska.gov/tls/Assessments/
- What does PEAKS testing look like?
- The Anchorage School District will be participating in the computer-based PEAKS assessment. Students in grades 3-10 will take English language arts (ELA) and mathematics. ELA consists of two parts, reading and writing. Mathematics is also administered in two parts. Students in Grades 4, 8 and 10 will also take science, which is administered in one part.
- How long does PEAKS take?
- Testing times vary by grade level. While the assessment is untimed, approximate testing times are shown on the PEAKS Testing Structures document.
- When is PEAKS administered?
- The PEAKS testing window is March 28-April 28. Schools have flexibility in providing the test to students to minimize the impact to instructional time while using the general guidelines of testing weeks as shown on the PEAKS Testing Structures document. For more information about when PEAKS will be administered at your child’s school, please contact your child’s teacher or Principal.
- Are accommodations available for the PEAKS assessment?
- Student supports are available to all students for PEAKS in the form of Universal Tools. In addition, accommodations are available to students with an IEP, 504 or ELL plan.
- Are practice tests available?
- PEAKS has practice tests available now! Called Online Tools Training (OTT), students, teachers and parents can access sample items, practice the testing interface for all content areas and practice using the universal tools, such as, highlighter, line guide, magnification, sticky notes. These practice tests are not to practice content. Instead, the practice opportunities focus on helping students feel comfortable with the testing interface and using the testing tools. The Practice Test Quick Guide can be found on this page under Resources on the right side and provides directions for accessing the practice tests.
- Are keyboards and headsets required to take PEAKS?
- Keyboards are required for short answer items. Headsets are not required unless a student is receiving text-to-speech as an accommodation.
- When can scores be expected for PEAKS, and how will the scores be used?
- The State of Alaska uses scores to calculate and report accountability measures. Districts are provided individual score reports to inform educators and parents about student progress on the Alaska State Standards. An estimated score arrival date is forthcoming.
- Where can I find more information about PEAKS?
- State of Alaska’s website: https://education.alaska.gov/tls/Assessments/
- ASD internal PEAKS Support Central site (log-in required): hMps://share.asdk12.org/support/PEAKS/