To aggressively set policies that foster excellence in public education.
The State Board of Education is created by the Arizona Constitution and charged with the responsibility of regulating the conduct of the public school system. The Board is composed of the following eleven members: the superintendent of public instruction, the president of a state university or state college, four lay members, a president or chancellor of a community college district, a person who is an owner or administrator of a charter school, a superintendent of a high school district, a classroom teacher and a county school superintendent. Each member, other than the superintendent of public instruction, is appointed by the governor with the consent of the senate. Members are appointed to a term of four years.
In addition to its general regulatory responsibilities, Arizona law charges the Board with numerous other duties. The primary powers and duties of the Board are articulated in A.R.S. § 15-203.
For the purposes of federal law, the State Board of Education also serves as the State Board for Vocational and Technological Education.
WHAT NONACADEMIC DATA DOES THE STATE OF ARIZONA COLLECT ABOUT ARIZONA PUPILS?
House Bill 2088, Session Law 330 (Fifty-Second Legislature Second Regular Session), requires the State Board of Education to publish on its website a description of all non-test student data collected pursuant to an annually administered statewide assessment such as AzMERIT.
The non-test student data currently collected by the Arizona Department of Education on the AzMERIT is as follows:
Student Last Name
Student First Name
Student Middle Name
Special Education Status
English Language Learner Status
Economic Disadvantaged Status
The purpose for collecting these data elements are for either student identification purposes or for the analyses necessary to determine that the test items are fair with regard to student characteristics which are outside the student’s control (e.g., gender, race/ethnicity, etc.).
The Department’s test vendor is prohibited from sharing AzMERIT non-test student data with any entity other than the Department of Education.