In 2010, the Arizona Legislature enacted A.R.S. §15-249, which mandates that Arizona “shall develop and implement the education learning and accountability system to collect, compile, maintain and report student level data for students attending public educational institutions…” The Arizona Department of Education conducted a methodical and comprehensive study of the state of Arizona’s education landscape. This study was conducted in 2012, and the team’s evaluation and resulting recommendations comprise the AELAS Business Case.
AELAS Business Case
The AELAS Business Case study team was composed of highly qualified educators and technological experts, who together provided ADE with a valuable and unique perspective on the complexity of Arizona’s education data systems.
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District IT Costs
The AELAS Business Case research team found that Arizona’s districts and charters spend up to $281,000,000 every year on software maintenance and licensing fees. In fact, LEAs that account for only 18% of students statewide pay up to 46% of all the costs for that software.
Per-Student IT Costs
ADE’s research also found that the smaller the district or charter, the higher the per-student costs. Those LEAs pay up to 10 times more than the largest districts. Pooling resources statewide allows these smaller LEAs to realize economies of scale.
Looking at just one of the many areas of potential savings, Arizona’s districts and charters could redirect millions of dollars every year simply by opting into a statewide student information system.