Research and Data

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The Research and Data Department manages student information systems, assessments, surveys, reports, and enrollment for new students. The five priorities below detail our work along with a list of resources available to students, staff, and community.

Ensuring students are on track to graduate

  • Infinite Campus, our student information system stores important student information such as course completion, attendance, and grades

  • Data and reports are prepared for teachers, site leaders, and district leaders to ensure programs are supporting student needs

Informing teaching and learning

  • Assessing student learning and providing reports to teachers and site leaders helps evaluate and plan what students are learning in classrooms
  • Using data helps teachers review the effectiveness of their instructional practice in their classroom

Ensuring students and their families are informed

  • The Research and Data Department manages the parent/family messaging system for schools and the district

  • Parents are able to view their children’s grades and attendance through the new Infinite Campus Parent Portal

Listening to the needs of our students, staff, and community

  • Surveys gather important information about student academic interests, perceptions of our schools, and students’ post-secondary plans

  • Community meetings and focus groups are important opportunities to gather input for district plans such as the LCAP

Improving planning and decision making

  • In Natomas Unified School District we use the Cycle of Continuous Learning and Improvement to guide our progress over time.  In 2017, Natomas created The Next 5 Strategic Plan to chart the next 5 years of progress and improvement in the district. We also created the District Progress Report, a tool to see how Natomas is doing along the way to achieve our district goals.

Submit a Request to Conduct Research

Any organization, agency, or individual wishing to conduct research within the Natomas Unified School District must submit a Research Request Packet, which contains the Request to Conduct Research formData Sharing Agreement, and, if relevant, the Publications Use form (included within the main Request Form). These forms can be returned to the Research and Data Department (R&D) when completed.


Department Contact:
Sarb Thandi, Administrative Secretary (916) 567-5268

Rachelle Cypher, Director
Miriam Searby, Coordinator III
K. Cha, Coordinator III
Carolyn Spahr, Research and Data Analyst II
Michelle Jett, Research and Data Analyst III
Adriana Vasquez, Research and Data Analyst II
M. Hayes, Student Information Systems Specialist
Alma Weekley, English Learner Program Data Analyst
Diana Franco, Office Specialist III