To serve as a preventative and positive force in working to enhance the professional performance of all educators, and ensure that members of the teaching profession in Alaska are qualified and ethical educators.
- Promote adherence to the Code of Ethics by certified educators.
- Investigate properly filed complaints against certified educators.
|Mission Results||Core Services|
|A: Result - Reduce unethical behavior by certified educators.|
Target #1: Maintain the integrity of certificated educators in Alaska's public school system.
Analysis of results and challenges: In FY2020, 17 educators were sanctioned by the Commission in accordance with AS 14.20.370-14.20.510. Although higher than last year, this increase is not a concern as it is close to the previous ten-year average of 16.6. This appears to be just part of the typical variation noted over the past several years and is not attributable to any specific cause.
|A1: Core Service - Promote adherence to the Code of Ethics by certified educators.|
Target #1: Increase the number of presentations by staff to educators and stakeholders.
Analysis of results and challenges: Presentations promote adherence to the Code of Ethics, raise awareness of violations addressed in the Code of Ethics, and provide a framework of analysis of unethical behavior. The Commission's goal is to increase the number of pre-service and in-service educators who hear presentations. In FY2020 the number of presentations was eight, which is a decrease from last year. However, the audiences at the presentations were larger by significant numbers. More work is needed to increase the number of presentations, with virtual presentations offering many new opportunities.
|A2: Core Service - Investigate properly filed complaints against certified educators.|
Target #1: Initiate investigation within 30 days.
Analysis of results and challenges: In FY2020, the Commission staff continued to respond in a timely manner to complaints. All complaints, which warranted investigations, had investigations initiated within 30 days of receipt of the complaint, resulting in attainment of the target set in FY2019 . In FY2018, only 80% of investigations were initiated within the 30-day period due to staff shortage. In most cases, investigation was initiated in a much shorter period of time.
Target #2: Acknowledge complaints and requests for background checks within five business days.
Analysis of results and challenges: Procedures were instituted in FY2006 to ensure all complaints were acknowledged in a timely manner. In FY2018, there was a drop in percentage due to staff absences, however, in FY2019 and FY2020 Commission staff continued to acknowledge all complaints within five business days. Staff also responded to background checks within five business days, many times within 24 hours.
Current as of December 4, 2020