The Department of Accountability and Research provides direct support to schools, TUSD
staff and faculty, parents and district administration. We respond to data/analysis
requests, supply data and technical assistance in support of district initiatives such as
Strategic Planning, Success for Children, and program evaluations and reporting, in
addition to coordinating state mandated testing (AIMS, Terra Nova, and NAEP testing).
We also represent TUSD on state-level advisory committees for AIMS and Stanford 10 testing and accountability, explain evaluation needs, and No Child Left Behind (NCLB)
compliance issues to Principals, coordinate Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP), Accountability
and Results Notification System (AZ LEARNS), and Title III Appeals, provide data to support
decision making and instruction, and train TUSD personnel and stakeholders in the effective
use of data.
The departmental mission of increasing student achievement is supported by the following goals:
Support and inform instruction
Support and inform decision making
Increase parental involvement
Strategies for achieving goals:
Publish and apply research
Accountability and Research Staff
David Scott, Director
Patty Gray-Valdez, Executive Assistant
Cindy Hurley, Ed.D., District Testing Coordinator
Lead Research Project Managers
Research Project Managers
Gregg Cannon, Ph.D.
Halley Freitas, Ph.D.
Juliet King, Ph.D.
The Department of Accountability and Research is located: