Summer 2021 Fellow: Julia Paris, ‘21 (Economics and Public Policy)

Office Description:

The Analysis, Measurement, and Accountability Reporting Division is a division within the California Department of Education. AMARD leverages policy and technical expertise to provide comprehensive data and statistics about California’s K-12 public educational system that empower state, district and local educators, researchers, policymakers, and communities to use data to:

  • identify strengths, challenges, and areas in need of improvement at state and local levels in order to advance equity and ensure that all students have access to a high-quality education;
  • utilize the California School Dashboard and DataQuest to examine and compare student group performance data of districts and schools to participate in decisions to improve student outcomes.

Projects Fellow Should Expect:

The State Board of Education (SBE) continues to refine and implement multiple measures for the state and federal accountability system, which is displayed through the California School Dashboard (Dashboard). Currently the SBE has approved six indicators. For 2022 Dashboard, the SBE will be considering add in new measures for the College/Career Indicator. There may also be SBE requests for some refinements to the current state indicators. It is difficult to know exactly the status of the Dashboard projects during the summer months. Possible options are the options for communication of individual student growth model based on statewide assessment results, inclusion of new measures in the college/career indicator, and the development of additional modified methods for alternative schools. Regardless of the project, the intern will assist with:

  • Conducting analyses on accountability data simulations
  • Preparing PowerPoint presentations for the advisory groups that provide recommendations to the Superintendent of Public Instruction
  • Preparing communication materials for schools, parents, and the general public
  • Running data simulations to determine the best methodology for a selected indicators (if candidate has programing skills)
  • Conducting literacy reviews
  • Other duties as assigned

The intern will also attend advisory committee meetings, and meetings with SBE staff and educational stakeholders.

Desired Skills:

  • Strong analytical skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills with the ability to communicate complex data and accountability concepts to groups with various levels of knowledge.
  • Strong organization skills and the willingness to be flexible with changing assignments.
  • Strong collaboration skills and the ability to work in multiple group settings.
  • Reliable, dependable, strong time management skills with the ability to work independently.
  • Knowledge of statistical software would be a plus.

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