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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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CAEPR announces a new publication:

The cost of teacher turnover in Alaska

By Dayna Jean DeFeo, Trang Tran, Diane Hirshberg, Dale Cope, and Pam Cravez

Alaska faces challenges recruiting and retaining educators, especially in its rural and remote communities. This report (pdf, 1.3 MB) details the costs associated with teacher turnover and calculates an average per-teacher cost in four categories: separation, recruitment, hiring, and induction. It details actual dollars allocated to these activities and makes recommendations for policy and practice.

An executive summary (PDF, 191.7KB) is also available for download.

Early college placement testing: Outcomes and impacts of the Early ACCUPLACER partnership

By Dayna Jean DeFeo

This report (PDF, 1.2MB) details outcomes of the early ACCUPLACER program, which aimed to increase college readiness for high school juniors and seniors by using college placement test scores to advise students into rigorous high school curricula. The report finds that the program did not significantly affect college performance outcomes for students who later attended the University of Alaska; however, the data and literature review suggest opportunities for outreach and programming around college readiness and planning.

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.

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 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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