ADE CIO Mark Masterson Delivers Keynote Address at Education Conference

ADE CIO Mark Masterson Delivers Keynote Address at Education Conference

CIO tabbed as “national data expert” at Mississippi education technology event

(Phoenix, Ariz., Jun. 24, 2016) – Arizona Department of Education (ADE) Chief Information Officer (CIO) Mark Masterson this week was featured as the keynote speaker for the Mississippi Department of Education’s MDE Data Conference in Jackson, Miss.

The theme of the conference, “Building a World Class Data System,” made Masterson an excellent choice since he is renowned in education technology for his expertise on the subject. The MDE Data Conference is Mississippi’s largest education conference, consisting of over 800 participants from public, private and charter schools, including superintendents, business managers, technology coordinators and career and technical education directors.

“I was incredibly privileged to represent the state of Arizona at this esteemed conference,” Masterson said. “No matter where it is needed, it is always an honor to assist in the development and improvement of technology in education.”

The ADE CIO is currently spearheading Arizona’s innovative transition to AzEDS, the state’s new student data system. Before arriving at ADE, Masterson performed technology transformations at private institutions such as American Airlines and DHL. He also successfully directed large, globally-dispersed and culturally diverse teams in enterprise resource planning, e-commerce, business intelligence and supply chain at SAP, PeopleSoft, Oracle, Dynamics and Siebel CRM.

Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas, who has been a strong proponent of technology development in Arizona education, has extended her support for ADE IT since taking office last year.

“We are thrilled that Mark and our IT division are being recognized for their achievements,” Douglas said. “I hope that Mississippi can benefit from his insights as much as we have here in Arizona.”

During his tenure in Arizona, Masterson’s ADE technology team was named one of CIO magazine’s “Top 100 most innovative IT organizations” of 2015. This honor came on the heels of Masterson being individually recognized by ComputerWorld as a “2014 Premier 100 IT Leaders” honoree.

To learn more about Arizona’s cutting-edge transition to a new a data system, please click here.

Department Releases Preliminary 2015-2016 State Level AzMERIT Results

Department Releases Preliminary 2015-2016 State Level AzMERIT Results

(Phoenix, Ariz., Jun. 27, 2016) – The Arizona Department of Education this morning released preliminary state level AzMERIT results for the 2015-2016 school year. The results included statewide passing and proficiency rates for both English language arts and mathematics in grades 3-8 and high school.

“I am pleased to see that our students are improving in both English language arts and mathematics at several grade levels,” said Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas. “However, these results also underscore that as a state we still have much work to do. I will continue working with our parents, teachers and community members to find the best possible ways to support our students and help them achieve their dreams.”

Final AzMERIT results for all Arizona public schools, districts and charter holders will be made available in late August. Data released at that time will also include demographic breakdowns and performance by school type (district, charter and alternative).

Paper AzMERIT family reports will be made available to districts and charters in mid-July. Parents can contact their child’s school for more information on when and how they will have access to results for their students.

“While these types of results can show general trends, I still firmly believe that Arizona needs to move away from the high stakes, snapshot assessment model,” continued the Superintendent. “Testing was not originally created to determine how well a teacher or school is performing; it was designed to show us how to help students improve. I will keep that focus in mind as we work with Arizonans to develop our state’s future assessment systems.”

Arizona public school students in third grade through high school take AzMERIT. Students in grades 3 through 8 take an assessment in English language arts (ELA) and mathematics at their grade level. Students taking high school level English and math take End-of-Course assessments that test their proficiency in those subjects.

For more information on AzMERIT, please visit www.azed.gov/azmerit.

2015-2016 AzMERIT Preliminary Passing and Proficiency Rates

Mathematics

Test Level % Passing Minimally Proficient Partially Proficient Proficient Highly Proficient
  2015 2016 2015 2016 2015 2016 2015 2016 2015 2016
Grade 3 42 46 27 25 31 30 29 29 13 17
Grade 4 42 44 29 29 29 26 32 34 10 10
Grade 5 40 46 29 27 31 27 28 31 12 15
Grade 6 33 39 37 37 30 24 22 24 11 15
Grade 7 31 32 47 46 22 23 18 22 13 10
Grade 8 34 26 41 51 25 23 20 17 14 9
Algebra I 32 36 45 44 23 20 23 27 9 9
Geometry 31 34 42 41 27 24 25 27 6 7
Algebra II 30 30 46 46 25 25 23 23 7 7

 

English Language Arts

Test Level % Passing Minimally Proficient Partially Proficient Proficient Highly Proficient
  2015 2016 2015 2016 2015 2016 2015 2016 2015 2016
Grade 3 41 41 43 45 16 14 30 29 11 12
Grade 4 42 46 41 40 17 14 36 34 6 12
Grade 5 32 45 36 31 31 23 28 32 4 13
Grade 6 36 37 39 41 25 22 32 31 4 6
Grade 7 33 38 42 38 25 21 29 35 5 3
Grade 8 35 34 39 44 26 23 27 26 8 8
ELA 9 27 34 44 38 29 28 22 25 5 9
ELA 10 32 29 47 54 21 17 22 20 10 9
ELA 11 31 29 51 53 19 17 20 19 11 10

For the 2015-16 Preliminary State Level AzMERIT Results PowerPoint, click here.

 

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