Skip to main content
California Department of Education Logo
California Department of Education News Release (with no CDE logo)
California Department of Education
News Release
Release: #12-93
October 5, 2012
Contact: Pam Slater
E-mail: communications@cde.ca.gov
Phone: 916-319-0818

State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Appoints New Director of
Analysis, Measurement and Accountability Reporting Division

SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson today announced the appointment of Keric Ashley as the new director of the California Department of Education's (CDE) Analysis, Measurement and Accountability Reporting Division (AMARD).

"Keric brings a wealth of experience to this important leadership position at the Department," said Tom Torlakson. "From working at the local school level to data management at the CDE, he is uniquely qualified to lead the transition of our state accountability system to provide a clearer, more complete picture of school performance to parents and the public."

Ashley will take on the challenges of redesigning California's school accountability system consistent with state law and Torlakson's vision.

Ashley has more than 30 years of experience in education, first as a teacher and school principal, and for more than 20 years, he has been at the CDE. For the last eight years, he has been director of the CDE Educational Data Management Division, which was responsible for oversight of the recently completed California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System (CALPADS).

He replaces Rachel Perry, who recently took a position at the Sacramento County Office of Education as director of the Student Assessment and Program Accountability Department.

For more information on the AMARD Division, please visit the CDE Accountability Web page.

# # # #

Tom Torlakson — State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Communications Division, Room 5206, 916-319-0818, Fax 916-319-0100

Last Reviewed: Thursday, October 8, 2015
Recently Posted in News Releases
  • Seal of Biliteracy Honor (added 23-Sep-2016)
    The California Department of Education received an award in Washington, D.C., recognizing the state as the national leader in the Seal of Biliteracy awarded to high school graduates who demonstrate proficiency in more than one language.
  • 2016–17 Exemplars of 21st Century Learning (added 22-Sep-2016)
    State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson announces California districts, schools chosen as 2016–17 Exemplars of 21st Century Learning.
  • Tom Torlakson Honors Latino Heritage Month (added 19-Sep-2016)
    Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson honors Latino Heritage Month.
  • California Department of Education Releases New In (added 19-Sep-2016)
    The California Department of Education (CDE) today released new information about the nearly 70,000 foster youth in the state’s public schools as part of a coordinated effort to assist these vulnerable and academically at-risk students.
  • New Career & College Transition Division Director (added 14-Sep-2016)
    State Schools Superintendent Tom Torlakson Appoints Donna Wyatt as Director of Career and College Transition Division.