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The Arizona state board of education has voted to create an alternative-certification program for superintendents.

The state attorney general's office and the secretary of state must approve and certify the board's decision within the next three months before it can take effect.

Under the program, candidates could obtain alternative certification if they had at least a master's degree, eight years of managerial experience, and demonstrated skills in organization planning and in program and staff development. Candidates would have to complete 12 semester hours of course work in educational administration within two years of beginning the post.

Only districts that already have an administrator certified as a superintendent to oversee curriculum and instruction would be allowed to request a waiver for alternative certification.

Public-school superintendents in Alaska have received a draft list of desired student outcomes from the Alaska state board of education.

The list outlines eight areas in which "Alaskans should expect children to receive [instruction] as a result of public schooling."

"We feel these outcomes are broad, defendable, interdisciplinary, and doable," said Sue Wilken, a member of the state board. She said the board is seeking advice from local educators and others before making the list final.

According to the draft list, the state board expects students to be able to communicate effectively; think logically and critically; discover and nurture their own creative talents; master essential technological skills; demonstrate responsible citizenship; develop a commitment to health and fitness; develop personal responsibility to sustain themselves economically; and acquire a positive self-image.

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