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 20 years. He has served as a mathematics department chair and mathematics instructor teaching the Calculus series through Differential Equations and Statistics. He continues to teach these mathematics courses at Rio Salado College. During his doctoral studies, Dr. Strom used multivariate modeling and Bayesian statistics to analyze achievement gaps in urban school districts. In 2012, he received the "Higher Education Outstanding Dissertation Student Award.” Dr. Strom has been a member of many local, state and national-level committees including the City of Chandler General Plan Committee, Impact Social Studies National Advisory Committee, the ADE Accountability Advisory Group and the Arizona Standard Development Committee for ELA and Mathematics. More recently, Dr. Strom serves the Chandler Unified School District as the Assistant Superintendent of K-12 Educational Services. In this capacity he provides facilitative leadership by helping to set the mission, vision and budget for departments including Special Education, Entitlement Grants, Professional Development, Preschool Education, Curriculum, Educational Technology, Assessment, Research and Business Analytics.
Assistant Director of Assessment
Amber Stouard was a primary classroom teacher for six years, moved to the Research and Assessment department as an Assessment Specialist, and recently became the Assistant Director of Assessment for CUSD. She attended Arizona State University and received her degree in Elementary Education, and 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. As Assistant Director of Assessment for CUSD, Amber works to successfully implement ATI Galileo in the elementary schools, supports classroom teachers in creating formative assessments to guide instructional practices to increase student achievement, and organizes most K-12 assessments for the district.