Apryl Clarkson is the Senior Executive Director of the Office of Data and Accountability. She has worked in the Boston Public Schools for over 10 years. Apryl leads a department of 30+ team members who work in one of the 5 priority areas of the department: Inquiry, Assessment, Analytics, Warehousing, and Organizational Insight.
The mission of the department is to serve the BPS community by facilitating access to quality information and building capacity to make data-driven decisions that advance educational equity, opportunity, and achievement for all students. In a given day, Apryl and her team members can be found coaching school leadership teams in data driven decision making, providing central office teams with access to nuanced datasets and data products, supporting internal and external data sharing processes (which include signing data sharing agreements and extracting data from SQL databases); analyzing data to inform programmatic decisions; and presenting data to a variety of audiences and stakeholders. Apryl is a graduate of the Boston Public Schools and a former high school math teacher in the BPS. Apryl is currently in the final stages of completing her PhD in Educational Research, Measurement, and Evaluation at Boston College. While in her graduate program, Apryl worked on a variety of projects that included classroom observations, program evaluation, survey development, test development, psychometrics, item analysis, and quantitative methods, which include a host of statistical methods including but not limited to logistic regression models, multilevel modeling, IRT, and value-added modeling.