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Welcome to the Center for Alaska Education Policy Research (CAEPR) website. CAEPR is a center within the Institute of Social and Economic Research that was created with seed funding from the University of Alaska Foundation.

CAEPR activities include:

  1. Working with an advisory board representing a broad range of stakeholders and policy makers to identify and address the most important educational policy issues facing Alaska.
  2. Conducting and disseminating research on key education policy issues. Much of this work will be in collaboration with researchers around the state, as well as from outside Alaska, including those at Education Northwest and the National Education Policy Center at the University of Colorado.
  3. Analyzing and summarizing education policy initiatives at the local, state and national level
  4. Building research capacity throughout Alaska through mini-grant funding, proposal development assistance and methodology consultations around education policy research.
  5. Doing "rapid response" research in response to time-sensitive requests from federal, state and local policymakers.
  6. Sponsoring undergraduate researchers to assist with research projects through the Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarship at UAA, as well as through the First Alaskans Institute summer internship program.

What's New at CAEPR?

CAEPR to conduct study on developing salary & benefits schedules and teacher tenure for State of Alaska

House Bill 278, passed by the legislature in spring 2014 instructs the Department of Administration to “present to the legislature a written proposal for a salary and benefits schedule for school districts, including an evaluation of, and recommendations for, teacher tenure” ( Sec. 52). The Department of Administration is contracting with CAEPR to develop a proposal for a salary and benefits schedule for districts that includes base compensation schedules for teachers and principals, geographic cost differentials, and information on different benefits that districts offer to employees. CAEPR is also tasked with exploring the purpose and value of tenure, alternatives to the current structure in Alaska, and the value of tenure to teachers including how it affects the teacher labor market.

A brief overview of the study (PDF, 176KB) and information sheet (PDF, 177KB) are available online, and a website with additional information is available from the Department of Administration:

We will be looking for stakeholder input into this project; please feel free to contact Diane Hirshberg at if you would like to participate.

We are interested in hearing your feedback. Please send additional comments, questions, or suggestions via email to

CAEPR announces a new publication:

  • 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 details findings of a 2011 study of high school juniors in the Anchorage area. After completing the WorkKeys assessment of college and career readiness indicators, students’ responses indicated a gap between perceived and demonstrated skills, but also a perception that the assessment could be a valuable college and career planning tool. This 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 use this account mostly to share information on research of interest to the Alaska education policy community from other sources, such as the National Education Policy Center, Education Week, federal agencies like the Institute of Education Sciences and other research sources. 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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