Research, Evaluation and Testing (RET) oversees district accountability and works to maintain integrity in our data and our decisions. In doing so, we promote data-informed and results-driven practices, striving toward maximum achievement for all students through a continuous improvement approach. In addition, we implement and facilitate the accessibility, understandability and use of data to better meet the individual needs of each student and thereby, closing the gap in achievement between student groups.
We are committed to improving student achievement through gathering, analyzing and interpreting perception, performance, program and demographic data. We are also committed to maintaining effective communication and working collaboratively with others to achieve the mission and vision of the Anoka-Hennepin School District.
RET provides assistance and support to measure the effectiveness of a variety of district programs to determine which programs and processes are getting the desired outcomes. We serve as the clearinghouse for all research and evaluation, including district-wide data collection efforts. As part of our role, we conduct internal studies on select district initiatives and administer multiple surveys to gather a variety of stakeholder perceptions of numerous topics. We also provide expertise and support in determining appropriate measurement metrics and creating data collection tools such as surveys, observation forms, and interview/focus group protocols.
The department coordinates district-wide testing, including state and national standardized assessments, given in Anoka-Hennepin for students in kindergarten through grade 12. Along with handling the distribution and collection of secure test materials, we maintain test records, communicate test results to parents, students and staff, and provide analysis to teachers, principals and district leadership. We also collaborate with state agencies such as the Minnesota Department of Education related to assessment and accountability, including ensuring compliance with state and federal legislative mandates regarding testing and connected topics.