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Peter Tamayo Awarded for Using Data to Improve Student Achievement in Washington State

Peter Tamayo Awarded for Using Data to Improve Student Achievement in Washington State

WASHINGTON (October 1, 2015)—The Data Quality Campaign (DQC) today presents Peter Tamayo, chief information officer for the Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI), with the State Data Leader of the Year Award. The award recognizes the work of a state leader who is successfully using and advocating for the use of education data to drive change and improve student achievement.

“We are honored to recognize Peter Tamayo for his ongoing leadership in protecting the privacy, security, and confidentiality of student information in the state of Washington,” said Aimee Rogstad Guidera, president and CEO of the Data Quality Campaign.

Tamayo is making sure that the state of Washington does everything in its power, including supporting districts, to protect the personal information of students. OSPI recently volunteered to have the U.S. Department of Homeland Security conduct a risk and vulnerability assessment of its data systems. Tamayo and his team are continuously working to ensure that the data system in Washington is both useful and secure.

Tamayo is also ensuring educators are trained in how to use data to improve outcomes for kids. He has worked to provide additional data training for school districts throughout the state of Washington, which includes a new dedicated position assigned to coaching districts on how to use data to improve student achievement.

“States have an important role to play in ensuring that we protect the personal information of our students as we use data to personalize learning and help our young people achieve their goals,” said Tamayo.



For DQC: Jon-Michael Basile, 202-787-5718,
For OSPI: Nathan Olson, 360-725-6015,


About DQC:

The Data Quality Campaign is a national, nonprofit organization leading the effort to bring every part of the education community together to empower educators, parents, and policymakers with quality information to make decisions that ensure students achieve their best. For more information, go to and follow us on Twitter @EdDataCampaign.

About the Awards:

DQC’s Data Flashlight Awards recognizes education visionaries, leaders, and trailblazers who are championing the power of safe and effective data use to support families and educators in their efforts to improve student achievement.