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Coordinator II, Research and Evaluation

  • Management

Reports to: Associate Superintendent


Under direction of the Associate Superintendent for Education Services, plan, organize and direct the research, evaluation, and assessment services of the district. Provide data and interpretation to support decisions related to the improvement of instructional programs.



Master degree required. Graduate degree in Educational Research and Measurement preferred. Specific preparation in educational assessment and evaluation, including graduate level course work in research methods, statistical analysis, program evaluation, survey research, and psychometrics.


Successful administrative and teaching experience required. Experience in conducting research, data analysis, and program evaluation in a K-12 public school setting.

  • Works directly with the Associate Superintendent of Educational Services to conduct research and evaluation activities.
  • Collects and disseminates research as needed by schools, departments, cabinet, Board of Education, and the California Department of Education.
  • Coordinates the district-wide testing activities and provides reports to the parents, staff, Board of Education, and the community.
  • Provides data and assistance to special programs with the district such as special education, English language learners, GATE, and summer school.
  • Develops specific data for use by sites for improvement of programs and for reports to the local school communities.
  • Coordinates the design and execution of district program evaluations and surveys.
  • Provides in-service and technical assistance to school administrators and teachers in the areas of test taking skills, interpretation of results and performance improvement.
  • Disseminates test results and pertinent information to the Board of Education through the superintendent and to the district and site administrators, staff and parents.
  • Coordinates the development and completion of the School Accountability Report Card (SARC) on an annual basis.
  • Assist the district curriculum committees to link performance assessment with design of curriculum.
  • Assists in the development of content standards, benchmark assessment activities, performance based assessment, and the development of reporting systems to parents in core curricular areas.
  • Assists schools and educational services staff in collecting data required for grant applications and for other purposes as needed.
  • Evaluates performance of assigned staff
  • Performs other duties as assigned by the Associate Superintendent of Educational Services.
  • Demonstrated success as a strong and visionary leader.
  • Collaborative yet decisive in decision-making, seeking consensus whenever possible.
  • Knowledgeable in planning, organizing and directing the educational assessment services of the District.
  • Knowledgeable the laws and regulations, codes, policies and procedures relating to testing, assessment, andevaluation.
  • Knowledgeable in current and emerging educational research as well as "best practice."
  • Knowledgeable of multiple measures of student achievement.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in statistical software programs (e.g., SPSS) sufficient to handle largestudent databases, to analyze and summarize assessment, evaluation, and demographic data.
  • Able to promote positive staff morale.
  • Able to contribute significantly to staff development programs and planning.
  • Effective communicator, both verbally and in writing.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of assessment and its relationship to curriculum and instruction.
  • Able to interpret, apply and explain rules, regulations, policies and procedures.
  • Able to analyze situations accurately and adopt an effective course of action within designated areas of responsibility.
  • Able to work independently with little direction.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.

The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, and depth perception. Employee will frequently work at a computer and travel to attend meetings.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee occasionally works in outside weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.Work environment includes working directly with children. There are a number of activities and situations happening at once, and the employee must ensure that children are supervised at all times, and that children are involved in safe and appropriate activities. The employee must be prepared to handle accidents and emergencies at any time.

The job entails potential for exposure to adverse weather conditions and temperature extremes; exposure to blood-borne pathogens and communicable diseases; and for interaction with disruptive and/or unruly individuals.

Work Year: 213 days

Revision Date: 11/03/2017

Initial date: 11/03/2017

Equal Opportunity Employer in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and all other applicable federal, state, and local laws.

No portion of this job description shall supersede the Master Agreement between the Palo Alto Management Association and the Palo Alto Unified School District and applicable State or federal laws. Any changes in working conditions applicable to the current agreement shall be subject to negotiations at the demand of either party.