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Salary: $4,619.00 - $5,616.00
Posted: 02/28/2013

Job Description:


Under the general direction of the Education Research and Evaluation Administrator I, of the Data Reporting Office, the Research Analyst II will:

  • Independently perform complex data analysis using statistical and database software to analyze CALPADS data and identify data anomalies. Conduct research, analysis, and generate reports on individual student, teacher, and course data to ensure data integrity. Use statistical trend analysis procedures to analyze CALPADS data. Develop and propose CALPADS validation procedures to prevent the submission of invalid data by school districts. Perform systematic investigation of districts on the accuracy and quality of their student-level data. Interpret findings, and provide documentation of findings in structured summary quantitative reports to the CALPADS service desk team members who work with districts to improve district data submissions.
  • Develop complex special reports, queries, and data runs that compile large amounts of quantitative and qualitative information specific to end-users needs. Clients may include California Department of Education (CDE) staff, the legislature, state and federal agencies, and the media. Process student-level data requests by non-profit researchers that have been approved by the CDE’s Internal Review Board. Data may include complex longitudinal data from the CALPADS, as well as other educational data sourced from program units in the CDE. Work with end-users to refine and clarify reporting requirements.
  • Work closely with Division staff and CALPADS analysts and database administrators to develop and maintain procedures to transform and extract complex data from CALPADS that are used to generate a wide variety of aggregate program information. Use statistical methods to validate and compare data results with expected outcome data to ensure data accuracy.


  • Strong Microsoft SQL database query skills
  • proficiency in Microsoft Office, specifically Microsoft Word, Access, and Excel
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including tact, judgment, and independence of action
  • Ability to work independently and on a team to ensure project deadlines are met


Individuals who have eligibility for appointment to the above class (e.g., transfer, list, reinstatement). All applicants must clearly indicate the basis of their eligibility in the “Explanations” section on the Standard Application Form (Std 678). Employment provisions as outlined by the Department of Personnel Administration's State Restriction of Appointments (SROA) policy will prevail. In addition, current or future executive orders relative to filling vacant positions may also affect this process. Applications will be screened and only the most qualified will be interviewed.

PLEASE NOTE: Possession of minimum qualifications will be verified prior to interview and/or appointment. If it is determined an applicant does not meet the minimum qualifications, the applicant will be removed from the eligibility list.


Submit a State Application (Form 678) to:
Karen Heiner, Research Analyst
Analysis, Measurement, and Accountability Reporting Division
1430 N Street, Suite 5408
Sacramento, CA 95814


Additional Information:

Working Title Position Number
PC 5056 174 - 530 - 5731 -
Location County
Timebase Tenure
Full Time Permanent   month(s)
Final Filing Date: Department Link:
03/21/2013 None Specified
Contact Unit/Address Contact Name/Phone
Analysis, Measurement & Accountability Reporting
1430 N Street, Suite 5408
Sacramento, CA 95814
Karen Heiner

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