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Alaska State Policy Research Alliance (ASPRA)

ASPRA provides a forum for Alaska policymakers, researchers, and other stakeholders to collectively examine evidence about challenges such as preparing students for college, career, and community life.

Read a February 2016 blog post about ASPRA on our parent organization’s page: Helping Guide Alaska Policymakers in Using Data and Evidence

Explore ASPRA

ASPRA comprises state and local policymakers and researchers from Alaska’s education and workforce systems, representatives from Alaska Native groups, and business and community members. The alliance’s goals are to:

  • Build common awareness and knowledge of research evidence about supporting schools to prepare students to be college and career ready
  • Increase the capacity of Alaska Department of Education & Early Development (EED) staff, other state agency representatives, and superintendents to conduct high-quality research and to share the evidence with legislators and other stakeholders
  • Increase the use of evidence and research in making education policy decisions at the state and local levels

Toward these goals, activities to date include:

  • Helping stakeholders reach a common understanding of college, career, and cultural readiness
  • Identifying college-ready indicators that are available in existing data and can help track progress toward college readiness goals
  • Providing technical assistance to help members conduct rigorous evaluations of state programs and policies, as well as to inventory and assess data quality
  • Increasing the capacity of Alaska’s state agency staff and superintendents to conduct high-quality research and to share evidence with legislators and other stakeholders