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The Center for Alaska Education Policy Research works with educators, researchers, policymakers, and stakeholders to conduct and disseminate education policy research to inform decision making.

CAEPR key activities include:

  • Identifying and assessing important education issues facing Alaska in partnership with educators, policymakers, and public and private stakeholders.
  • Working with education researchers locally, nationally and internationally to address education issues of importance to Alaskans.

CAEPR Director Diane Hirshberg at committee meeting

Diane Hirshberg, CAEPR Director, a lead on UAA’s efforts to enhance education and research in and about the Arctic, participated in two international meetings in September: Arctic FROST and the University of the Arctic (UArctic) Congress and Rectors’ Forum.

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Compensation & Tenure Study

The report (PDF, 976KB), appendixes (PDF, 4.49MB), and Literature Review & Methods - Technical Addendum (PDF, 1.47MB) for the study of teacher salary & benefits and teacher tenure are now available to the public.

If you would like to offer comments, suggestions or corrections to the report, please click here.

Comments will be aggregated and shared anonymously with the Alaska Department of Administration and the Alaska Legislature unless you request that we share your name and contact information.

A presentation given to the Alaska Association of School Business Officials (ALASBO) is also available for download (pdf, 504KB).

CAEPR Hosts EdConnector

CAEPR hosts Citizens for the Educational Advancement of Alaska's Children's (CEAAC) "Ed Connector," a web portal for best practice education tools for school administrators. Ed Connector Director Lora Jorgensen,,

CAEPR announces a new publication:

  • Pathways to College Preparatory Advanced Academic Offerings in the Anchorage School District
    By Rosyland Frazier and Diane Hirshberg

    There are many ways a child in the Anchorage School District (ASD) can access advanced course offerings. In this report we describe the many advanced and accelerated learning opportunities available in Anchorage elementary, middle and high schools, and the ways students can access these opportunities.

  • How do WorkKeys assessments affect college and career readiness perceptions of Alaska high school students? (pdf, 281KB)
    By Deanna Schultz and Sam Stern

    This report analyzes the gap between how high school juniors perceive their readiness to pursue training in a chosen career path and the WorkKeys assessment of their knowledge and skills needed to pursue training in an area. The Research Brief identifies implications for policy and practice, and recommends that skills assessments such as WorkKeys be integrated into career development and college planning activities.

  • Alaska career pathways: A baseline analysis (pdf, 1.09MB)
    By Dayna Jean DeFeo, Sue Fallon, Diane Hirshberg, Cathy LeCompte

    This report details the findings from a 2013 statewide study of career pathways (CP) and programs of study (PoS) in secondary districts in Alaska. Twenty-seven of Alaska's 54 districts provided data around the maturity of their CP/PoS, the availability of different CP/PoS, how career planning is addressed, and the availability of courses and PoS in the Health Sciences cluster.

CAEPR has a Twitter account! Follow us at: UAA_CAEPR. We will continue to share CAEPR publications and news via email and our website as well as on Twitter.

If you have suggestions for research or resources,
please contact us at or 907-786-5413.

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