National Indian Education Study

Each year the Copper River School District participates in the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) as mandated by the U.S. Department of Education.  The NAEP is widely used as an indicator of how well America is educating its youth.   Using the NAEP results, the U.S. Department of Education also gathers information on the educational progress of American Indian and Alaska Native students (AI/AN).  The National Indian Education Study (NIES) used data from the 2011 NAEP administration.

The NIES reports reScreen Shot 2014-01-31 at 3.14.01 PMading and math scores as well as other demographic information.  For example, the report states that 49% of the AI/AN students surveyed attended a rural school.  This is in contrast to only 30% of whites, 13% of blacks, and 10% of Hispanic students.  The report also shows that there has been little to no improvement in AI/AN 4th and 8th grade reading scores since 2005.    Although 46% of AI/AN students report getting “daily help with schoolwork from their family”, only a third of AI/AN 8th graders talked to a school counselor about their high school schedules or “future plans.”   The full NIES study can be viewed by clicking here.   Take some time to browse through the report, including how students performed on specific reading and mathematics questions.

It is important to note that the national information doesn’t necessarily correspond to the performance of AI/AN students in the Copper River School District.  Fortunately our AI/AN students out-perform the national averages.  Even so, in some subjects and graduation rate, an achievement gap still exists.    The report can help focus discussions and educational goals for CRSD AI/AN students.

The CRSD received $68,877 through the Indian Education Title VII program in FY13.   This money, in conjunction with other funds, is used to hire instructional aides that provide individual, small group, and in-class tutoring for our AI/AN students.   The $68,877 payed for a combined 9.25 hours of aide time each school day in the CRSD (this includes wages and benefits).

Each school that receives Title VII funds has an Indian Education Committee.  The committee members work with school administrators and staff to monitor and encourage the Indian Education program at each site.

After you browse the National Indian Education Study, please consider attending the next Indian Education Committee meeting at your local school.   Your input and encouragement is important for all of our students and staff.   Our aim is to eliminate all achievement gaps while raising our academic goals for all students.

If you have any questions about the CRSD Indian Education program or comments about the NIES, please call, email or use the comment section below.

The National Indian Education Study –

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Michael J.


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