Monday, February 24th 2:30-4:40
Tuesday, February 25th 8:00-10:45
The Performance Indicators Working Group met once in December to discuss their task. They decided not to restrict the Indicators to NCLB. They are working on about 80 indicators currently. Steve shared the Task Force Proposal form with NESAC. Annette Barwick moved that NESAC approve the Task Force, Beth Ann Canada seconded. There was no further discussion and the vote was unanimous for approval.
The Task Force reported the Handbook will be published in July. The committee's work is done (already voted on) and in the handbook is in the final editing stages.
Much discussion was between committee members on various aspects of the current NCLB legislation. Issues such as graduation rates, highly qualified teachers, and data burdens were all discussed. Committee members decided to ask the steering committee to send a letter to the appropriate federal staff person regarding the NCLB legislation. The request was that the letter offer assistance and support from the Forum in defining data elements, indicators and processes related to NCLB, as well as, to ask for more guidance on the data reporting required.
Lavan said that the last part of the Task Forces work (the first being to assist NCES in revising the last Fiscal Handbook) is now beginning. The task force will take the common data elements out of the Fiscal Handbook and provide a resource on those.
NESAC members held a joint meeting with PPI and TDC to hear reports on PBDMI, Data Modeling, the USED Data Dictionary, and the NCES Nonfiscal Handbooks.
Roger gave a final update on the Task Force. They met earlier in the week to discuss dissemination of their report. The report is already posted on the NCES website and the print version should be available shortly.
The draft is posted on the Forum website for comment. The link to the website was sent to the Fiscal Coordinators and many other interested/effected organizations. It is ready to go through the formal NCES adjudication process. The goal is for the report to be printed by the July Data Conference and adoption of the Handbook would not be until FY05. The Handbook will impact the March 06 Fiscal CCD collection.
The floor was opened to committee members for their ideas for future work. The following topics were discussed (outcomes are also included):
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