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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 with Alaska State Senator Kevin Meyer
CAEPR Director Diane Hirshberg with Alaska State Senator Kevin Meyer

CAEPR Director Diane Hirshberg was in Juneau the week of March 9 to brief Alaska School Superintendents and State Legislators and to meet with education policymakers on the statewide teacher and principal salary and benefits and teacher tenure project being done for the State of Alaska Department of Administration.

You are invited to participate in a survey on Alaska teacher and principal salary and benefits and teacher tenure

CAEPR is collecting data from multiple sources, including stakeholder opinion, to develop a proposal for a salary and benefits schedule for Alaska’s 53 school districts serving about 130,000 students, and an evaluation of teacher tenure. Learn more about this project and complete our 20 minute survey.

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:

  • 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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