January 10, 2003
Geno Flores, Long Beach Unified School District’s administrator of assessment programs, this week was named deputy superintendent for assessment and accountability for the California Department of Education. He is one of only three deputy superintendents. He was appointed by new State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell.
Flores began working for the LBUSD in 1996 as an administrator in the Office of Research, Planning and Evaluation. He has served as the school district’s accountability coordinator, overseeing high school testing, high school exit exams, Advanced Placement Tests and Golden State Exams. He ran the district’s California Basic Educational Data System (CBEDS), a database that gathers information on staff and student characteristics, enrollment and hiring practices from districts throughout the state. He represented the school district at all State Board of Education meetings in which assessment and accountability were discussed. He is respected as a national expert on testing.
"I was noticed because I was doing my job representing Long Beach," Flores said. "I now work for the six million kids of the State of California. My role is to help establish the best accountability system in the nation."
Flores, 50, served on and was later chair of the California Curriculum Commission and worked on the California Assessment Program. He was a member of the National History Standards Committee and helped write the national standards. He assisted with staff training for the Los Angeles County Office of Education and UCLA History-Geography Project. He served on the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development Focus Group on History, and he worked as a project director for UCLA’s Center for Research on Evaluation, Student Standards and Testing.
Flores grew up in Norwalk and was the first member of his family to go to college.
"I wish my dad were still alive," said Flores, whose father died last year. "He left high school to work during the Depression, and then he went off to World War II. When it came to his kids, though, he was always a big promoter of everybody going to school. He would have liked all this."
Flores earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Stanford University, where he began as an engineering student and graduated as a history major. He worked as a high school teacher for 20 years in Arroyo Grande, California, where he taught history, and coached football and baseball. He is pursuing his doctoral studies at UCLA.