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|NFES 2010805||Traveling Through Time: The Forum Guide to Longitudinal Data Systems Book I: What is an LDS?
This first book in the guide series focuses on the fundamental questions of what an LDS is (and what it is not), what steps should be taken to achieve a sound system, what components make up an ideal system, and why such a system is of value in education. Chapter 1 introduces this guide series, discussing its purpose, format, and intended audience. Chapter 2 covers some LDS basics, defining the concept of a "longitudinal data system" and laying out key nontechnical steps to planning and developing a successful system. Chapter 3 presents the technical components that generally comprise an LDS, as well as some additional features that may enhance the system. Chapter 4 addresses some common misconceptions regarding longitudinal data systems. Chapter 5 discusses the overarching benefits of an LDS.
|NFES 2010905||National Forum on Education Statistics
Shared Knowledge for Shared Success
The Forum brochure includes information about Forum goals and mission, activities and best practice publications.
|NFES 2010801||The Forum Guide to Data Ethics
Each and every day, educators collect and use data about students, staff, and schools. Some of these data originate in individual student and staff records that are confidential or otherwise sensitive. And even those data that are a matter of public record, such as aggregate school enrollment, need to be accessed, presented, and used in an ethically responsible manner. While laws set the legal parameters that govern data use, ethics establish fundamental principles of "right and wrong" that are critical to the appropriate management and use of education data in the technology age. This guide reflects the experience and judgment of experienced data managers; while there is no mandate to follow these principles, the authors hope that the contents will prove a useful reference to others in their work.
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|NFES 2010804||Crisis Data Management: A Forum Guide to Collecting and Managing Data About Displaced Students
The Crisis Data Management: A Forum guide to Collecting and Managing Data about Displaced Students provides guidelines that can be used by elementary and secondary education agencies to establish policies and procedures for collecting and managing education data before, during, and after a crisis.
|NFES 2009805||Forum Guide to Metadata
The Meaning Behind Education Data
The Forum Guide to Metadata empowers people to more effectively use data as information. This guide includes definition of metadata; why metadata are critical to the development of sound education systems; what components comprise a metadata system; what value metadata bring to data management and use; and how to implement and use a metadata system in an education organization.
|NCES 2009325||Financial Accounting for Local and State School Systems: 2009 Edition
This NCES handbook has been designed as the national standard for state and local education agencies to use in tracking and reporting financial data and for school districts to use in preparing their comprehensive annual financial reports (CAFRs). The purpose of the handbook is to ensure that education fiscal data can be reported in a comprehensive manner.
The 2009 Edition contains guidance conforming to Governmental Accounting Standards Board Statements, up to Statement 47. There are chapters on budgeting, governmental accounting and financial reporting. Account codes have been updated to reflect changes in the new reporting requirements and developments in technology and security. There are also special chapters on accounting student activity funds and a model for school level program cost accounting.
|NFES 2009804||Every School Day Counts. The Forum Guide to Collecting and Using Attendance Data
This Forum guide offers best practice suggestions on collecting and using student attendance data to improve performance. It includes a standard set of codes to make attendance data comparable across districts and states. There are real-life examples of how attendance information has been used by school districts.
|NFES 2008802||Managing an Identity Crisis: Forum Guide to Implementing New Federal Race and Ethnicity Categories
This Guide provides information about the 1997 standards and suggestions about how to implement them at the state and school district level. It covers developing policies and procedures, communicating with staff and the public, re-identification, and coding, storing, reporting, and bridging data.
|NFES 2007801||Forum Guide to Core Finance Data Elements
This document provides an overview of key finance data terms. It also covers the 2 NCES public school finance surveys: the state-level National Public Education Financial Survey and the School District Finance Survey (or F-33). Differences and similarities between the two surveys are described. Chapter 3 contains definitions for key finance data elements. Chapter 4 contains a listing and defininitons of key finance indicators and economic adjustment indexes.
|NFES 2007808||Forum Curriculum for Improving Education Data: A Resource for Local Education Agencies
This curriculum supports efforts to improve the quality of education data by serving as training materials for K-12 school and district staff. It provides lesson plans, instructional handouts, and related resources, and presents concepts necessary to help schools develop a culture for improving data quality.
|IES 20076004||IES 2007 Biennial Report to Congress
The Institute of Education Sciences has issued the Director's Biennial Report to Congress, covering activities and accomplishments of the Institute in 2005 and 2006.
Transmitted by Director Grover J. (Russ) Whitehurst as required by the Education Sciences Reform Act of 2002, the report includes a description of the activities of IES and its four National Education Centers, as well as a summary of all IES grants and contracts during the biennium in excess of $100,000.
Since IES's first Biennial Report two years ago, said Whitehurst, "IES has been transformed from an organization under construction to one that is fully formed and operational."
|NFES 2006807||Forum Guide to Decision Support Systems:
A Resource for Educators
Forum Guide to Decision Support Systems: A Resource for Educators was developed to help educators better understand decision support systems and determine how they might be used most effectively in education organizations.
|NFES 2006805||Forum Guide to the Privacy of Student Information:
A Resource for Schools
This guide was written to help school and local education agency staff to better understand and apply FERPA, a federal law that protects privacy interests of parents and students in student education records.
|NFES 2006803||Forum Guide to Elementary/Secondary Virtual Education
This guide provides recommendations for collecting accurate, comparable, and useful data about virtual education in an elementary/secondary education setting.
|NFES 2006804||Accounting for Every Student: A Taxonomy for Standard Student Exit Codes
Today’s public education agencies are being held accountable for student achievement to an unprecedented extent. The current focus on student outcomes—particularly the attention given to graduation and dropout rates—has highlighted the importance of collecting accurate data at the student level. Comprehensive information systems need standard codes to place students who enroll in a specific school within a given district, and to subsequently track any changes in those students’ enrollment status. This guidebook presents “best practice” advice, from members of the National Forum on Education Statistics, for maintaining such information. It was developed to help education agencies develop effective information systems for tracking the enrollment status of students. It is primarily for data managers and accountability directors at state and local education agencies, as well as school administrators responsible for collecting student enrollment and exit data. In addition, researchers and policymakers will find the guidebook useful in making fair comparisons among schools and agencies on issues related to student enrollment, retention, and completion.