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Concurrent Session I Presentations

Wednesday, February 15, 2012
10:15 - 11:15


I–A: Privacy Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) and Family Policy Compliance Office (FPCO): Moving Forward Under the New FERPA Regulations

Michael Hawes, U.S. Department of Education
Allison Camara and Baron Rodriguez, Privacy Technical Assistance Center (PTAC)

    This concurrent session will provide participants with an overview of the new FERPA regulation changes and the resources available to help states remain in compliance with the law. This session will cover frequently asked questions (FAQs) around the new regulations and a crosswalk of the changes.

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I–B: Improve Your Data Quality With Real Time Data Collection and Validation

Valentin Torres, Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
Aziz Elia, CPSI, Ltd.

    The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is rolling out a new initiative that uses the Schools Interoperability Framework (SIF) specification to extract data from district student information systems, validate the data in real time, and pass the data to the state data warehouse for reporting. A SIF organizational profile was developed for student information system and HR application vendors to meet data collection and choreograph requirements. Hear where it is with its deployment, and see a demonstration of how it uses various reports to analyze data collection quality.

I–C: Policy and Design Challenges in Building the Virginia Statewide Longitudinal Data System (SLDS) Multi-Agency Research Portal

Matthew Bryant, Deborah Jonas, and Bethann Canada; Virginia Department of Education
Ellen Mandinach, WestEd
Jeff Sellers, State Support Team

    This session provides a panel discussion of the challenges faced and approaches used by the Virginia Statewide Longitudinal Data System (SLDS) team in designing a research portal that is (1) compliant with state and federal law, (2) addresses the research initiatives of multiple stakeholders, (3) incorporates the data governance requirements that are unique to each multiagency team member, (4) is attractive to and useable by researchers, and (5) is sustainable. The discussion covers both policy-level and practical considerations and includes state education agency and private-sector researcher panelists. The facilitator guides the panel as well as engages the audience for input regarding other states' efforts.

I–D: Sisyphus or State Fiscal Stabilization Fund (SFSF): How California Succeeded in Publicly Reporting SFSF Postsecondary Indicators c11 and c12

Sonya Edwards and Karl Scheff, California Department of Education

    In the September 23, 2011, Federal Register, the U.S. Department of Education stated that during site visits, many states said they would be unable to post State Fiscal Stabilization Fund (SFSF) postsecondary outcome indicators c11 and c12 by the September 30, 2011, deadline. This presentation shares the process California went through to produce the indicators, current and projected costs, considerations, findings, and next steps.

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I–E: Using Statewide Longitudinal Data System (SLDS) Data to Build a Teacher Performance System

William Hurwitch, Maine Department of Education
Manos Stefanakos, Choice Solutions, Inc.

    Maine is linking data from its statewide longitudinal data system (SLDS) data warehouse with third-party assessments and district-level data in a total performance system that provides ongoing feedback, recognition, and rewards in support of the Teacher Incentive Fund program. This session provides an overview of the system, including data types and sources, the rubric builder model, and individual teacher scorecard reports. The system is designed to provide maximum flexibility for participating districts while leveraging state and local performance data.

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I–F: When a Longitudinal Data System (LDS) Meets the Data Quality Certification (DQC): The Use of Kansas's LDS in Data Quality Professional Development

Kateri Grillot, Kansas State Department of Education

    For the last two years, the Kansas State Department of Education's (KSDE) Data Quality Certification (DQC) Program has incorporated its data quality data marts into its data quality professional development program. In this session, Kansas shares how its longitudinal data system (LDS) has been used in its training program to return data to districts to assist them in identifying their own best practices and areas of weakness. A brief introduction of the DQC Program and the specific LDS data marts used will be discussed. KSDE staff will share training methods, lessons learned, and ongoing challenges when encouraging districts to use the state's LDS to improve data quality.

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I–G: Techniques and Resources for Linking and Analyzing Student-Level Data

Dorothyjean Cratty, National Center for Education Statistics

    While states and districts continue the work of building linked P–20W longitudinal data systems, even a few years of high-quality data can be a valuable resource for improving student outcomes. This session demonstrates techniques that make use of synthetic cohorts, linked aggregates, and supporting data to leverage the research potential of current data systems. This session will also provide information on new NCES technical support and resources for conducting in-house analysis and developing research partnerships.

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I–H: Technology Just Raised Our Test Scores?

Kyle Underwood and Bob Rodosky, Jefferson County Public Schools (Kentucky)

    A new implementation of a homegrown SQL, .Net web application helped every high school in Louisville, Kentucky, raise test scores in reading and math. It combined plain paper test scanners, response clickers, and a new way of responding to data to guarantee proficiency for every student. Smart boards provided instant formative feedback, and the students took ownership of their mastery of the learning targets in a truly balanced assessment environment.

I–I: California K–12 High Speed Network and Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California (CENIC): Access for Achievement

Teri Sanders, Imperial County Office of Education (California)
Dave Reese, Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California (CENIC)

    Come learn about a series of statewide initiatives that enable educators, students, and school staff across the state to have access to a reliable high speed network infrastructure (CalREN) and a number of innovative tools and educational resources. In this session, you will hear how the California K–12 High Speed Network (K12HSN), a state program funded by the California Department of Education, supports local education agencies and the state's longitudinal data systems from K–12 to higher education.

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