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
Our team works with students, teachers, instructional leaders, parents
and the public to impact student achievement through collaboration and
We serve as the primary resource
for monitoring student achievement using data from various
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
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.
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.
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.
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).
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:
of students eligible to participate in these assessments
the training of
staff in the proper administration of these assessments
issues relating to the proper administration of various
federal-mandated assessments, state-mandated assessments, and
College Board exams
and test security procedures, and
files including pretest, posttest, correction and filed files
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.
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
Student growth models for upcoming state evaluation of AACPS schools
Analysis of trends in student discipline including referrals and
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
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.