Superintendent of Public Instruction, Diane Douglas, has announced the successful launch of AzEDS, also known as Arizona Education Data Standards, Arizona’s new education data system.
The historic transition to AzEDS represents a major milestone in the process of replacing Arizona’s current data system, SAIS, which has been dysfunctional for years, according to a press release.
“The accomplishments of our Information Technology team are nothing short of extraordinary,” stated Ms. Douglas in the release. “They have done so much with so few resources and now their tireless work will reap untold benefits for Arizona schools and students. Having already been recognized as a Top 100 IT department worldwide by CIO Magazine, this effort only emphasizes how far they have come since their work began.”
AzEDS is expected to save schools and districts up to $57 million a year by reducing errors and improving efficiency with data collection, according to the release. It will also greatly simplify reporting and improve data accuracy, which will save further money and allow teachers and administrators to focus on how data can help improve student achievement.
The Arizona Department of Education worked collaboratively with 13 vendors to provide schools with options at the local level and ease the transition, according to the release. This approach avoids the pitfalls often associated with a one-size-fits-all, single-vendor system.
“As a leader in Student Information System solutions, we are excited to partner with ADE on their industry-leading AzEDS project,” stated PowerSchool Managing Director Bryan MacDonald, in the release. “Ambitious projects like AzEDS are often challenging, but we share ADE’s vision and are committed to helping make AzEDS successful. While working to successfully complete the certification process for AzEDS with the ADE IT team, we were impressed with their ability to collaborate simultaneously with both schools and vendors throughout the state.”
For more information on AzEDS, visit www.azed.gov/aelas/azeds/.