The following recommendations regarding AELAS were put forth in the 2013 Performance Review report prepared by WestEd and CELT as independent evaluators contracted by the Arizona Department of Administration.
- Develop AELAS as both a state-level data system and classroom-level support for effective teaching and learning.
- Expand the business architecture of AELAS as an integrated learning enterprise system.
- Improve communication of AELAS projects’ scope, costs, goals, and functions to all audiences.
- Manage data issues through robust data governance and streamlined data collection processes.
- Work with educational institutions of all levels and locations to improve technological capacity to utilize new systems.
- Establish a long-term planning mechanism for incorporating user feedback and implementing improvements to AELAS.
Plans for Improvement
ADE has taken the above recommendations to heart and is already moving forward with plans that will help AELAS be the education enhancement system it has the potential to become. AELAS applications are continually being launched, improved, and expanded. Districts are signing up for pilot projects every week, and schools use fully functional systems every day. With continued support from state legislators and buy-in from local educational authorities, AELAS will become the exemplary Arizona Education Learning and Accountability System it is destined to be.