AELAS is designed to follow the life cycle of a student from preschool to workforce, accumulating vital data so all education stakeholders are able to make informed decisions to prepare students for college and career readiness. Education Intelligence, the end result of these efforts, is real-time analytics that facilitates an increase in student growth and teacher efficacy. The transmission of student performance data, however, lags far behind the shift in enrollment and valuable instructional time is lost as a result. The Data Quality Campaign (DQC) has identified 10 Essential Elements of Statewide Longitudinal Data Systems to support effective data use as roadmaps for state policymakers. These elements promote the development of state longitudinal data systems that collect quality data and answer critical education questions to ensure policy discussions are informed by high-quality data.
ADE has modeled its AELAS plan to meet these objectives. At this time, Arizona has only achieved three elements in 2011 and four elements in 2012. Committed to make AELAS a best-in-class education data system, ADE consulted with the DQC’s Co-Founder and Former Deputy Director to complete a thorough internal data quality audit and provide recommendations for a comprehensive data governance program. Implementing her recommendations will allow ADE to no longer barrage schools for data it already has, saving time, resources and frustration. When a student walks into the door, a school administrator will enter the information and demographics one time. ADE will publish a schedule of what data needs to be reported and when and why it will be collected. ADE staff can run reports and analyze data without contacting LEAs because the Department will already have what it needs in a safe, secure and accurate format.
ADE has also embarked on a two-year partnership with the Maricopa County Education Service Agency (MCESA) to pilot the following data systems: Evaluation; Assessments; Professional Development; Content Management; and Data Integration. These pilot systems serve as proofs of concept, allowing ADE to demonstrate ability to deliver systems as designed and as budgeted. This partnership is also focusing on creating a system architecture that meets the 10 DQC data elements and gathers requirements for the systems outlined in the AELAS Business Case (reviewed and commended by Gartner’s Education division).
Arizona is ready. ADE has brought together stakeholders dedicated to educational excellence to build the system of infrastructure, human capital and ongoing commitment to make Arizona’s children competitive in the national and international employment markets. ADE is ready to execute the changes necessary for statewide success and looks forward to producing significant, tangible and verifiable results and benefits.