Research and Accountability


Department Description

The Department of Research and Accountability provides leadership and support in the areas of assessment, measurement, accountability, and compliance to support CCPS Vision 2018.

The Department manages and oversees:

  • State Assessments in Reading Grades 3-8, Math Grades 3-8, and Science Grades 5 and 8;
  • Maryland High School Assessments in Biology, Government, Algebra, Geometry, Algebra II, English 9, English 10, and English 11;
  • National testing for NAEP, PSAT, SAT, and AP;
  • Bridge Plan for Academic Validation;
  • The technology and skills necessary to carry out a quality standardized testing program.

The Department assists with:

  • Accountability data reporting and accuracy responsibilities in accordance with state and federal requirements;
  • Guidance and support to central office staff, principals, supervisors, teachers, and other school-based personnel in using a wide range of data to achieve program and school improvement goals, including those directly related to student achievement and school performance;
  • Research, design, and implementation of product evaluations for new and existing programs;
  • The development of the Comprehensive Master Plan;
  • Coordination of the production and distribution of the Carroll County Maryland Report Card and Annual Report on Progress.

The Department oversees and assures compliance with:

  • All federal, state, and local regulations regarding mandates such as No Child Left Behind, Race to the Top and Section 504;
  • The Public Charter Schools process.

Within the Department of Research and Accountability exists The Office of Internal Audit which:

  • Manages risks by measuring and evaluating the effectiveness of the controls;
  • Performs audits of school system departments and programs;
  • Prepares formal audit report findings, outlines discrepancies, recommends corrective actions, and presents audit reports;
  • Assists in MSDE, DHMH, and the Legislative audits;
  • Oversees and investigates information gathered from the Fraud Hotline.




Gregory Bricca 
Director of Research & Accountability 

FAX: 410-751-3277

Lisa Busher

Supervisor of Accountability & Assessment

Local Accountability Coordinator


FAX: 410-751-3277

Dona Foster
Supervisor of Research & Accountability
504 District Coordinator 

Charter School Liaison 

FAX: 410-751-3277

Gail Caples

Administrative Assistant


FAX: 410-751-3277

Alice Smith 
Coordinator of Research and Planning 
FAX: 410-751-3277 





Dawn Czajkowski
Internal Auditor
FAX: 410-751-3277

Kathy Little

Internal Audit Associate


FAX: 410-751-3277