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Research and School Improvement

The Office of Research, Planning, Evaluation and School Improvement manages the student information and data systems, coordinates the district, state and college readiness testing, manages local and state accountability measures, conducts research and evaluation studies and processes requests to do research within the district.

Our mission is to work collaboratively to support all stakeholders by collecting, maintaining, and reporting accurate data, facilitating testing, and using current technology in order to provide useful and timely information and support toward positive student outcomes and achievement. 

Our vision is to provide a dynamic data and online testing system and work collaboratively with all departments to connect teachers, students, parents, and other stakeholders with timely data, information, training and resources.

  • Demographic and Performance Data:  Data on California’s schools and districts can be found at:  Data Quest or Ed-Data.  In addition, data aligned to the District Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) can be found on the LBUSD home page by choosing the “Parents” dropdown and clicking on “School Performance (LCAP)”
  • Request for Data:  If you are a current district employee who wishes to request data not currently available on LROIX, please click on the LROIX application “Research Data Request” and follow the corresponding steps.  If you are outside the district, a public records request can be placed through our Public Request Center.
  • Request to Conduct a Research Study:  The Long Beach Unified School District has been a pioneer in the approval of large numbers of Applications to Conduct Research in the past because we believe research will ultimately improve our practices.  Due to the COVID-19 emergency, active data collection associated with external research is currently suspended as campuses are closed for an indefinite amount of time. Capacity to participate in research activities will also be limited when students and staff return to campus locations at a future date. Concerns include safety as well as atypical contexts affecting data collection and research validity. This temporary suspension will allow schools to maintain a safe educational environment for students and time to return to normal working conditions.
  • Current District Employees:  If you are a current district employee who wishes to conduct research as part of a graduate studies program (Master’s thesis or doctoral dissertation), please access the application through the myLBUSD Portal (  Once logged into the portal, go to the intranet where you will find the application information under the “Research, Planning and Evaluation” heading.
  • Further inquiries may be directed to:

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Research and School Improvement - Administration

Contact Phone / Address Position / Responsibility
Veronica Madrigal (562) 997-8226 Director
Research and School Improvement

Research and School Improvement - Staff

Contact Phone / Address Position / Responsibility
Veronica Plascencia (562) 997-8226 Executive Secretary
Research and School Improvement

Research - Testing Team

Federal, State and District Assessments
Contact Phone / Address Position / Responsibility
Kevin Shillito (562) 997-8656  Educational Research Analyst II
Victoria Flores (562) 997-8426  Educational Research Analyst I
Rosamartha Llamas (562) 997-8654  Associate Research Analyst
Rosalind Washington (562) 997-8224  Testing Materials Supervisor
- Office, Warehouse
- CELDT/ELPAC Score Requests - Must Include:
    • Student First and Last Name
    • State ID Number (SSID)
    • Previous LBUSD School of Attendance

Research - Data Team

Research and Data Requests, LROIX Reports, Accountability Reports, Research Projects
Contact Phone / Address Position / Responsibility
Hemina Lilani (562) 997- 8655  Educational Research Analyst II
Matt Reichardt (562) 997-8278  Educational Research Analyst I
Marianne Grosvenor (562) 997-8413  Associate Research Analyst
Catherine Wilkerson (562) 997-8463  Associate Research Analyst
Jodi Fender (562) 997-8227  Strategic Data Project Analyst
Educare LEP (562) 422-6618 x 274
Jason Thompson (562) 997-8271  Strategic Data Project Analyst
Melvin Kem (562) 997-8081  College Aide - Tech

Research - Training and Support Team

Student Information and Data Systems, Synergy Support, LROIX Support, TeacherVUE, ParentVUE, StudentVUE
Contact Phone / Address Position / Responsibility
Vacant (562) 997-8073  Coordinator - Research Information Systems
Amy Clements-Feeman (562) 997-8694  Associate Research Information Systems Analyst
Kenna Kirk (562) 997-8277  Associate Research Information Systems Analyst
Daro Huot (562) 997-8228  Educational Research Analyst I
Christina Johnston (562) 997-8223  Student Data Systems Specialist
Evelyn Uribe (562) 997-8471  Student Data Systems Specialist
Rebecca Valdez (562) 997-8607  Student Data Systems Specialist
Sharon Dade (562) 997-8079  School Data Tech
Jeannette Donahue (562) 997-8628  School Data Tech
Marin Loeun (562) 997-8631  School Data Tech
Melissa Prince (562) 997-8034  School Data Tech
Natalie Ramirez (562) 997-8120  School Data Tech

Research - Technology Systems Team

LROIX Programming, Server and System Functionality, Data System Support
Contact Phone / Address Position / Responsibility
Mark Powers (562) 997-8139  Administrator, Research Information Systems
Jim Giacomazza (562) 997-8279  Senior Software Applications Engineer
Jana Charpentier (562) 997-8632  Senior Software Applications Engineer

Research - Educational Technology Team - Staff

Contact Phone / Address Position / Responsibility
Vanitha Chandrasekhar (562) 997-8309 Educational Technology Coordinator
Javier Santiago (562) 997-8084 Educational Technology Coach
Elisa Van (562) 997-8693 Learning Management Systems Coach
Monica Santiesteban (562) 997-8031 Learning Management Systems Coach

School Accountability Report Cards 

Contact Phone / Address Position / Responsibility
George Tsai (562) 997-8456 Assistant Director