Students in Kodiak’s military families are outperforming their civilian peers, according to a new report released by the Kodiak Island Borough School District.
On Monday, the Kodiak Island Borough school board traveled to Old Harbor for a regularly scheduled work session. Due to a town-wide power outage, the meeting was conducted without electronic aids.
The report covering military student performance is part of an annual record intended to ensure military students are keeping up with their peers, said schools superintendent Stewart McDonald. Students in military families frequently transfer schools as their parents deploy to different stations.
“We have an interstate military compact that is designed to minimize any negative effects of military transiency that occurs in families as students transfer,” McDonald said.
The report showed 96 percent of military students are proficient in writing; 94 percent are proficient in writing, and 85 percent are proficient in math, according to standards set by Alaska’s statewide assessment, given each year to students in grades three through 10.
In the Kodiak district as a whole, 86.8 percent of students are proficient in reading, 79 percent in writing, and 78.7 percent in math.
Both sets of Kodiak students performed well above statewide averages.
In other business, the school board learned that administrators’ estimates of student enrollment are on track, so far. Through Sept. 10, the Kodiak Island Borough School District has 2,399 students, or two below early estimates.
School registration figures are important because most of the school’s budget is based on money distributed by the state on a per-student basis. The more students a school district has, the more money it receives.
McDonald said the September numbers should be taken cautiously, however. The state’s official counting period isn’t until October, and student figures tend to fluctuate
throughout the year.
In addition, the state provides more money for students in rural schools, a move intended to counter the higher cost of living in places like Old Harbor and Akhiok. If attendance falls in rural schools and rises in urban schools, McDonald explained, the district may receive less money even with greater enrollment.
The school board’s next regular meeting is 7 p.m. Sept. 24 in the borough assembly chambers.