Who We Are and What We Do
The Department of Accountability & Strategy supports the technical and information needs of students, parents, teachers, principals, district staff, school board and community members with four core teams: Assessment, Data Analysis, School Support and Teacher Evaluation. Instead of working as four separate units, members of the department collaborate to provide users with timely, effective and innovative solutions. This approach helps to create and foster a work environment that encourages data inquiry and review of existing practices, solicits feedback from schools and staff and fosters the use of the latest technologies.
Some of the work the department leads includes:
- State Mandated Assessments (e.g., Istation, PARCC, and End-of-Course (EOC) exams)
- District Interim Assessments (e.g., DEA and NWEA)
- District and School Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)
- Early Warning Indicators (EWIs)
- State Reporting (STARS)
- Research Review Committee
- Enrollment Projections
- Fair Student Funding
- District Surveys (e.g., Pulse/Morale Survey and Quality of Education Survey (QES))
- Registration and Transfers
- Student Records
- Scheduling and Grades Storage
- Teacher Evaluations (OASYS)
- Community Partnerships
Goals and Initiatives
The department is in its second year of its strategic plan to increase data quality, increase access to data and to support the use of data to measure effectiveness. During the 2015-2016 school year, the Department of Accountability & Strategy decentralized the ownership of programmatic data to empower the various offices and staff that support our students and schools on a daily basis. In 2016-2017, through a partnership with Schoolzilla, Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) and assessment data were made available to all teachers and administrators. Beginning in 2017-2018, the department will being working with key stakeholders to quantify and evaluate the work that goes on in our schools.
One of the duties of the department is to provide information to staff, teachers, administrators, parents and communities members. To request data that is not currently presented on the district or New Mexico Public Education Department's website, please contact Thomas 'Chris' West - Director, Accountability & Strategy - via email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 505-467-2590. Data requests are responded to in the order they are received and must follow the guidelines and protections outlined by the U.S. Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).