“A Performance Review of the Arizona Education Learning and Assessment System: AELAS”
Submitted to the Arizona Department of Education and the Arizona Department of Administration by WestEd and CELT – September 3, 2013
The Arizona Department of Administration contracted WestEd and CELT to conduct an independent evaluation of the Arizona Education Learning and Assessment System, as required by A.R.S. §15-249. The primary goals of this evaluation were to determine if the Arizona Department of Education’s AELAS project was on track to fulfill the mandate set out in A.R.S. §15-249. After reviewing all related documentation and interviewing stakeholders throughout the state (from department IT staff to rural educators), the evaluation team prepared a report comprising commendations on work already done, a summary of the research, and recommendations for improvement.
- ADE’s vision for AELAS not only meets the scope of work outlined in A.R.S. §15-249, but rightly uses the legislation as a platform for a comprehensive statewide education data system that will meet accountability requirements and deliver critical information to Arizona’s educators.
- The department’s enterprise architecture approach to building AELAS is service-oriented, incorporates emerging best practices, and is supported by education providers and business owners.
- ADE’s AELAS team combines educator proponents with skilled IT staff and consultants, which enables managers to ensure all projects work together and meet end-users’ needs.
- AELAS stakeholders and champions represent diverse groups and interests.
- AELAS components are being piloted with small groups of volunteers, which provides invaluable feedback and buy-in for the project.