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California Department of Education News Release
Release: #13-3
January 09, 2013
Contact: Giorgos Kazanis
E-mail: communications@cde.ca.gov
Phone: 916-319-0818

State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Appoints New Director of the
Educational Data Management Division

SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson today announced the appointment of Cindy Kazanis as the new director of the California Department of Education's (CDE) Educational Data Management Division.

"Over her years with the Department of Education, Cindy has exhibited a much appreciated level of expertise and dedication to our work serving the students of California," Torlakson said. "Having solid data in hand is vital to that work, and I'm delighted that Cindy will be helping oversee those efforts."

Cindy has over 10 years of experience working with the CDE, having served as the manager of the Federal Program Monitoring Office, a deputy superintendent, an executive office manager, and special advisor to the state superintendent. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and political science from The George Washington University and her Master of Public Administration from Syracuse University.

As director, of the Educational Data Management Division, Kazanis will be a key advisor to leaders of the California Department of Education on compliance monitoring and operation of CDE's major data systems including the California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System, the Consolidated Application and Reporting System, and the California Accountability and Improvement System.

She replaces Keric Ashley, who was recently appointed director of CDE's Analysis, Measurement and Accountability Reporting Division.

For additional information please visit the Educational Data Management Division, which collects and manages data from districts and schools, and assists the field using technology to improve learning.

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

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