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NESAC Winter 2003 Meeting Notes


February 24-25, 2003
Salt Lake City, UT

Monday, February 24th 2:30-4:40

Introductions and Agenda Review
Performance Indicators Working Group
Facilities Handbook Task Force
No Child Left Behind Discussion
Finance Task Force

Tuesday, February 25th 8:00-10:45

Facilities Maintenance Task Force
Update of the NCES Fiscal Handbook
Open Discussion on Future NESAC Work


Monday, February 24th 2:30-4:40


Introductions and Agenda Review, Bill Smith, NESAC Chair

Performance Indicators Working Group, Steve King, Working Group Chair

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.

Facilities Handbook Task Force, Patty Murphy, Task Force Chair

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.

No Child Left Behind Discussion, Randy Raphel, Moderator

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.

Finance Task Force, Lavan Dukes, Task Force Member

Lavan said that the last part of the Task Force’s 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.

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Tuesday, February 25th 8:00-10:45

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.

Facilities Maintenance Task Force, Roger Young, Task Force Chair

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.

Update of the NCES Fiscal Handbook, Frank Johnson, NCES

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.

Open Discussion on Future NESAC Work

The floor was opened to committee members for their ideas for future work. The following topics were discussed (outcomes are also included):

  1. Guidance for the Transferability Option for federal monies. This idea has been passed along to PPI for their consideration.
  2. Course Code Handbook. NESAC members had some ambiguity on this task. TDC would like to take up this as an agenda item, NESAC may be asked to provide volunteers for the task force or working group.
  3. Food Service Data elements. This area of data elements will be picked up by the NCES Handbook Working Group. NESAC members will be asked to participate and will be reported on the progress.
  4. Transportation Data elements. This area of data elements will be picked up by the NCES Handbook Working Group after Food Services is done. NESAC members will be asked to participate and will be reported o on the progress.
  5. Average Teacher Salary. A concern that NCES does not collect average teacher salary was raised. NCES fiscal staff said they would bring the concern back to NCES.

Meeting adjourned.



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