Dr. Richard Itzen
Director for Accountability, Research, and Assessment

Terri Saarinen
Secretary for Accountability, Research and Assessment

In support of the district mission “to allow each student to reach his or her highest potential” the Accountability Director serves as the liaison for State Accountability Systems, such as Florida School Grades and the Value-Added Model (VAM), and provides services which enhance the quality of educational decisions made throughout the school system.

Key Responsibilities

  • Comply with federal and state accountability requirements
  • Provide district and school level training and support
  • Lead the development, communication, and review of district and state VAM
  • Facilitate the development of and revision to the School Board policies and district processes

The Research and Assessment Director is responsible for overseeing the administration and reporting of all state assessments such as the Florida Standards Assessments (FSA), Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT), the Florida Kindergarten Readiness Screener (FLKRS), as well as, other District assessments including STAR Reading and Common Course Exams (CCEs). These assessment systems monitor student achievement and are built into the School Improvement Plan process as well as the Strategic Planning process. Our department provides assistance with analysis of achievement trends and other District data. The data are used primarily to monitor the progress of students, schools and the District as a whole.

The Research and Assessment Director manages the process for reviewing requests for conducting research within the District.