Leaders F (0%)
Groups F (0%)
Events F (0%)
History F (0%)
Opposition F (0%)
Tactics F (0%)
Content F (0%)

Grade levels F (0%)
Current events F (0%)
Civics F (0%)
Other movements F (0%)
Context F (0%)

GRADE F means Alaska includes none or less than 20% of the recommended content and should significantly revise its standards.



Survey of Standards and Frameworks
Alaska does not set master content standards. Like more than a dozen others, it is a “local control” state, leaving districts to set required content and frameworks. The Alaska Department of Education and Early Development’s Content and Performance Standards for Alaska Students (2006) does not mention the civil rights movement. The state only mandates learning outcomes related to Alaskan history.

Evaluation
Alaska’s failure to set appropriate history standards for its students does not bode well for the state’s ability to graduate students with an understanding of the past. Then-Gov. Frank Murkowski’s introduction to the Alaskan standards says, in part, that these standards “represent the efforts of many people working for more than a decade to decide what young Alaskans should know and be able to do as a result of their public schooling.” The decision to omit requirements related to major events in American history is troubling.