Office of Research and Assessment
The Office of Research and Assessment provides data and statistical analysis about Chandler Unified School District (CUSD) in order to support institutional decision making. The leadership of CUSD, and its governing board, have developed a detailed strategic plan in order to guide the district towards the goal of becoming the best public school district in the nation. As CUSD moves towards this goal it seeks to ensure its vision of creating a safe, disciplined and productive
environment where students and adults are
meaningfully engaged in learning. The Office of Research and Assessment evaluates student achievement data, student enrollment data, survey data, teacher evaluation data, principal evaluation data and a variety of other data to aide in monitoring the progress of the strategic plan in order to fulfill the vision of the district. In addition to providing evaluation data the Office of Research and Assessment provides demographic trends for boundary projections, manages every state and national standardized assessment, works with sites to educate staff on state-level accountability and oversees all external research projects.
Dr. Matthew Strom
Assistant Superintendent for K-12 Educational Services
Matthew Strom has been in education for 19 years. He has served as a mathematics department chair and mathematics instructor teaching courses such as Calculus I, Calculus II, Calculus III and Differential Equations. He continues to teach these courses at Rio Salado College in an online format and mixed-media format. Matthew has also instructed students in Visual C# and AP Statistics. During his doctoral studies Matthew found a passion for multivariate modeling and he used statistical tools to analyze achievement gaps in an urban school district. In 2012, his dissertation was awarded the "Higher Education Outstanding Dissertation Student Award" by the Arizona School Administrators Association. More recently, Matthew has started to enjoy looking at student achievement data through a cartographic lens that allows the viewer of the map to draw their own conclusions about the effects of housing and environments on the schooling process.
Amber Childers has been a primary classroom teacher for the last six years and recently became the Assessment Specialist for CUSD. She attended Arizona State University and received her degree in Elementary Education and recently completed her degree in Educational Administration with Grand Canyon University. During her time as a classroom teacher, Amber was the Response to Intervention Coordinator, Journey 2020 lead, and Marzano lead for CTA Independence. Her roles required her to obtain knowledge in formative assessments and using data to drive classroom instruction. Her current role as the Assessment Specialist is to successfully implement ATI Galileo in the elementary schools. In doing this, she is supporting classroom teachers in creating formative assessments to guide instructional practices to increase student achievement. She also organizes most K-12 assessments for the district.