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Instructional Data

Anne Arundel County Public Schools' Instructional Data Division consists of the Offices of Accountability, Assessment, Research, and Student Data. The mission of the IDD is to collect, analyze, and apply instructional data with integrity to improve student success.

Work done by this division is the cornerstone for instructional change and classroom learning by providing meaningful interpretation and analysis of data to assist the instructional community.

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Our team works with students, teachers, instructional leaders, parents and the public to impact student achievement through collaboration and positive action.

We serve as the primary resource for monitoring student achievement using data from various sources, including:

  • locally-developed benchmark assessments

  • state-mandated assessments

We are also the school systemís point of primary contact for receiving and reporting data to the Maryland State Department of Education, (MSDE) and the United States Department of Education for issues such as:

  • test administration and test security procedures

  • addressing all issues relating to the proper administration of various federal-mandated, state-mandated, and selected county assessments

  • the identification of students eligible to participate in these assessments, and

  • the training of staff in the proper administration of these assessments

  • collecting, editing, retrieving, and reporting on various aspects of student academic, attendance, and student discipline data

We are also a resource for analyzing student achievement data; identifying relationships between different types of student achievement measures; and predicting student performance in order to better identify appropriate instructional strategies to address student needs.

Accountability

The Office of Accountability provides resources and support to AACPS instructional personnel in analyzing student achievement data, detecting relationships between different types of student achievement measures, and predicting student performance in order to better identify appropriate instructional strategies to address student needs. 

The office increases school and teacher capacity by helping schools build links between student data and instructional practice, and aligning assessment, analysis, and instruction together to increase student achievement.  Increasing access to student data in order to create structures within the schools to promote data dialogues and school improvement is the primary goal of this office.

Accountability also provides central office instructional personnel with school, program and system level data to assist in facilitating improved instructional decision making that will increase student achievement.

Assessment

The Office of Assessment, commonly referred to as the Testing Office, serves as the point of contact between the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) and the 5th largest school district in the state of Maryland.  This role includes receiving and disseminating the most up-to-date information from MSDE and its vendors related to federal and state mandated assessments, such as those required under No Child Left Behind and the ESEA Flexibility/Maryland Accountability Program.  The Senior Manager is designated as AACPSí Local Accountability Coordinator (LAC).

The Office of Assessment is comprised of the Senior Manager, two Senior Testing Specialists and a Testing Technician. Together, this team is responsible for working directly with School Testing Coordinators (STC), Assistant Principals and Principals on test administration policies and procedures, as well as test security matters at each of the 120+ schools.  The office also provides support to schools to ensure that our 77,000+ students participate in the assessments for which they are eligible.  These responsibilities include:

  • the identification of students eligible to participate in these assessments
  • the training of staff in the proper administration of these assessments
  • addressing all issues relating to the proper administration of various federal-mandated assessments, state-mandated assessments, and College Board exams
  • test administration and test security procedures, and
  • processing state files including pretest, posttest, correction and filed files

Research

The Office of Research provides a variety of services to a number of different audiences both within and outside of the school system.  A team of research specialists, technicians and a psychometrician respond to requests at both the school level and district level.  Projects include:

 

  • Analysis of test results for state assessments as well as college preparatory courses such as AP, IB and SAT/ACT
  • Correlation of local level test items as predictors for success on state assessments
  • Student growth models for upcoming state evaluation of AACPS schools
  • Analysis of trends in student discipline including referrals and suspensions

Student Data

The Office of Student Data provides training and support for all who are involved in the collection, maintenance, and reporting of accurate student data.  The office is comprised of personnel experienced in working in an educational setting. 

Student data collected include demographics, attendance, discipline, course enrollment, student academic progress, grade reporting, and transcripts for all current students in the system.  There are currently approximately 5,000 users of the student software including those in schools, central office, and remote sites. 

The office also supports decision-making by providing training in accessing the data collected by the system, providing it to schools as needed.  Teachers are trained and supported in the use of electronic attendance, grade books, grade reporting, and access to student information.