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Opening Session

Wednesday, February 23, 2011
8:30 - 10:00

Texas State Welcome
Brian Rawson, Director of Statewide Data Initiatives, Texas Education Agency


Introduction of Commissioner of the National Center for Education Statistics
Marie Stetser, Program Director, National Center for Education Statistics


NCES Welcome
Jack Buckley, Commissioner, National Center for Education Statistics


Introduction of Keynote Speakers
Brian Rawson, Director of Statewide Data Initiatives, Texas Education Agency


Greetings from Texas Commissioner of Education
Robert Scott, Commissioner of Education, Texas Education Agency


Treading Carefully, Taking Risks: The World of the "Push-Button" Stakeholder
Adam Jones, Deputy Commissioner for Finance and Administration, Texas Education Agency

We live in a world of "push-button" stakeholders. They ask public agencies to produce all kinds of data at a momentís notice: "Canít you just push a button and produce that?" This is both a blessing and a curse of modern technology (with a sometimes unhelpful push from the promulgation of open records laws). In public education, getting actionable student data into the hands of classroom teachers, followed by relevant and informed reporting to parents and community decision-makers, is a desired and laudable goalóand a very attainable one. But we wonít get there by pushing a button. Success requires careful engagement and outreach, building consensus, implementing the right governance framework. . .and the willingness to take a few risks along the way. Balancing care and risk is one of the greatest challenges in the development of the next generation of longitudinal data systems. We hope you enjoy this interactive discussion of avoiding the "push-button" pitfalls. State departments of education are doing their best to create great solutions for schools. But the stakes are increasing and margins for error are getting smaller.


Announcements
Marie Stetser, Program Director, National Center for Education Statistics


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