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Sitka High School

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Posted December 17, 2004

I have had two students at Sitka High School, one was extremely motivated and received plenty of opportunity to excell beyond 'normal' curriculum offerings. My other student struggled to survive. He received outstanding attention from the staff and counseling office. They continued to work with him and encourage him, while not lower the expectations. He was successful in his grades and more importantly in learning life skills. Sitka has the most outstanding music department in the State of Alaska. They regularly win at the Worlds Largest Jazz Festival, even when competing with schools 10 times their size. This department has had a strong structure and helps students be responsible young adults. The staff and administration are approachable and work hard to help both parents and students in obtaining a quality education. The counseling staff is an important part of student and staff activities. An excellent place to learn and grow.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 16, 2004

The Sitka School District has chosen to use a Standard Based grading system based on a scale of 1-4 using the Alaska State Standards as a guide. Although, the district has a zero in the scale it considers itself to be a 4 point grading system rather than a 5 point, as in alpha grades. Therefore, converting a 1, 2, 3, or 4 to A, B, C, D, or F is fuzzy. The district has not entirely rid itself of the Alpha Grading System and, thus, creates confusion on the interpretation of the students grades. Consistency of teachers grading using the standards varies widely; my son had a overall grade of 3 in three different subject areas and his alpha conversion for those subjects ranged from A- to C+.
—Submitted by a parent


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

78 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
66%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 81% in 2013.

78 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
89%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 75% in 2013.

78 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
78%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Alaska used the Standards Based Assessment (SBA) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, math and writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 10 in science. The SBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alaska. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Alaska Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 64% in 2013.

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
75%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 76% in 2013.

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
91%
Science

The state average for Science was 66% in 2013.

65 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
73%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 74% in 2013.

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
84%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Alaska used the Standards Based Assessment (SBA) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, math and writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 10 in science. The SBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alaska. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Alaska Department of Education

Math

All Students64%
Female67%
Male62%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islander44%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native American64%
White70%
Economically disadvantaged54%
Not economically disadvantaged69%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities67%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English68%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant64%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Reading

All Students85%
Female87%
Male82%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islander69%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native American71%
White97%
Economically disadvantaged85%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities88%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English87%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant85%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Writing

All Students76%
Female85%
Male67%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islander63%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native American64%
White86%
Economically disadvantaged65%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities78%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English79%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant76%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Alaska used the Standards Based Assessment (SBA) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, math and writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 10 in science. The SBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alaska. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development. If there are fewer than 5 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Alaska Department of Education

Math

All Students66%
Female70%
Male62%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native American48%
White76%
Economically disadvantaged53%
Not economically disadvantaged70%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities68%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English68%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant66%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Reading

All Students81%
Female82%
Male79%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native American78%
White85%
Economically disadvantaged71%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities86%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English83%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant81%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Science

All Students74%
Female67%
Male81%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native American67%
White79%
Economically disadvantaged63%
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities75%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English76%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant74%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Writing

All Students91%
Female94%
Male88%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native American91%
White91%
Economically disadvantaged82%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities95%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English92%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant91%
Special Education with Accomodationn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Alaska used the Standards Based Assessment (SBA) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, math and writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 10 in science. The SBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alaska. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development. If there are fewer than 5 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Alaska Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 77% in 2013.

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
85%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 84% in 2013.

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
94%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 72% in 2013.

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
89%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Alaska used the High School Graduation Qualifying Examination (HSGQE) to test students in grade 10 in reading, writing and math. In some cases students may repeat the test during grades 11 or 12. The HSGQE is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Alaska. The HSGQE is a high school graduation requirement. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Alaska Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 35% in 2013.

19 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
30%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 56% in 2013.

11 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
43%

2010

 
 
>=60%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 49% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
>=60%

2010

 
 
43%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Alaska used the High School Graduation Qualifying Examination (HSGQE) to test students in grade 10 in reading, writing and math. In some cases students may repeat the test during grades 11 or 12. The HSGQE is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Alaska. The HSGQE is a high school graduation requirement. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Alaska Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 36% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 52% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
Writing

The state average for Writing was 50% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Alaska used the High School Graduation Qualifying Examination (HSGQE) to test students in grade 10 in reading, writing and math. In some cases students may repeat the test during grades 11 or 12. The HSGQE is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Alaska. The HSGQE is a high school graduation requirement. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Alaska Department of Education

Math

All Students81%
Female79%
Male82%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native American65%
White>=90%
Economically disadvantaged53%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities83%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English83%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant81%

Reading

All Students88%
Female91%
Male85%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native American87%
White88%
Economically disadvantaged82%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities92%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English89%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant88%

Writing

All Students88%
Female88%
Male88%
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native American83%
White91%
Economically disadvantaged76%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities90%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English89%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant88%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Alaska used the High School Graduation Qualifying Examination (HSGQE) to test students in grade 10 in reading, writing and math. In some cases students may repeat the test during grades 11 or 12. The HSGQE is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Alaska. The HSGQE is a high school graduation requirement. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development. If there are fewer than 5 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Alaska Department of Education

Math

All Students42%
Female30%
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged50%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities50%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English47%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant42%

Reading

All Students45%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrant45%

Writing

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrantn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Alaska used the High School Graduation Qualifying Examination (HSGQE) to test students in grade 10 in reading, writing and math. In some cases students may repeat the test during grades 11 or 12. The HSGQE is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Alaska. The HSGQE is a high school graduation requirement. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development. If there are fewer than 5 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Alaska Department of Education

Math

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrantn/a

Reading

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrantn/a

Writing

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrantn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Alaska used the High School Graduation Qualifying Examination (HSGQE) to test students in grade 10 in reading, writing and math. In some cases students may repeat the test during grades 11 or 12. The HSGQE is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Alaska. The HSGQE is a high school graduation requirement. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development. If there are fewer than 5 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Alaska Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 56% 51%
American Indian/Alaska Native 28% 23%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 9% 6%
Two or more races 4% 8%
Hispanic 3% 6%
Black 0% 4%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 29%N/A41%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Sitka, AK 99835
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