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Release: #15-61
July 20, 2015
Contact: Communications
E-mail: communications@cde.ca.gov
Phone: 916-319-0818

State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Names New Division Directors

SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced today that he has selected new directors to lead the California Department of Education's (CDE) Analysis, Measurement, and Accountability Reporting Division (AMARD) and its Charter Schools Division.

"I'm grateful to be able to appoint two proven leaders to head divisions that each play a critical role in helping the California Department of Education carry out its goal of providing a world-class education to all of California's 6.2 million students," said Torlakson.

Cindy Kazanis, who has worked for CDE for 12 years, will direct the AMARD, which develops and analyzes statewide education data for state and federal accountability reports, DataQuest, School Accountability Report Cards, and the Local Control Funding Formula.

For the past two years, Kazanis has headed the Educational Data Management Division. In that role, she has implemented several major initiatives, such as the Digital Chalkboard, the distribution of $26.7 million in grants to school districts to connect to high-speed internet, and she has overseen 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.

Cindy Chan has been appointed director of the Charter Schools Division, which is charged with supporting, promoting, and authorizing high-quality charter schools for California public schools and families. [Note: Lisa Constancio is the current Charter Schools Division Director as of January 19, 2018.]

Chan has worked with the charter division at the CDE for more than 12 years, having served most recently as the interim director of the Charter Schools Division. Previously, she worked in the Education Budget Office and the Office of State Audits and Evaluations at the California Department of Finance, where she served in a variety of roles, including overseeing Proposition 98 and programs affecting K-12 education, and performing financial and compliance audits of various state funds and programs. She also served three years as executive officer of the Education Audit Appeals Panel, where she provided leadership and direction to the panel members and agency staff. Chan is a Certified Public Accountant.

Both Kazanis and Chan will begin their new roles on August 1. For more information about these divisions please visit the CDE's AMARD Web page and the Charter Schools Division Web page.

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Tom Torlakson — State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Communications Division, Room 5602, 916-319-0818, Fax 916-319-0100

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