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Concurrent Session III Presentations

Wednesday, February 15, 2012
1:45 - 2:45


III–A: Public Domain Clearinghouse

Jeff Sellers, State Support Team

    Open source sharing for education agencies has arrived! The NCES Public Domain Clearinghouse (PDC) provides a platform for states (and eventually districts) to share, learn, and adopt non-proprietary solutions to common data system-related challenges (portals, growth models, professional development programs, etc.). By leveraging and building upon proven products from the field, PDC users can conserve scarce resources necessary to build solutions from scratch. The site facilitates access to products and allows users to post comments and modified versions of others' solutions. This session includes an update on the tools currently available in the PDC and demonstrations from states.

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III–B: Re-Engaging the Disengaged Student: Effective Use in the Affective Domain

Alvin Larson, Meriden Board of Education (Connecticut)

    Recent national attention on "bullying" and school climate emphasizes the need for quality data to guide decisionmakers. The National School Climate Standards accentuate reliable measures of respect, caring, fairness, and pro-social behavior, as well as methods to re-engage students who are disengaging from school. One local education agency is piloting an online, confidential school climate survey and intervention system designed to meet these standards. This system includes valid and reliable measures of these psychological constructs, identifies students in grades 3–12 who are disengaging from school, utilizes "trigger" e-mails to respond to critical situations, and utilizes an intervention system involving school counseling services.

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III–C: Connecting Teachers to Students

Joyce Popp, Idaho State Department of Education
Steven King and Glynn Ligon, ESP Solutions Group

    Idaho has put in place a data collection system that regularly compiles student courses and the teachers who instruct those courses. The system accounts for the possibility of multiple instructors and for virtual instruction; as well, it has accounted for many of the characteristics for a "teacher of record." This session describes the system, the uses of the data, and the lessons learned. This session also includes an open discussion with the audience to provide feedback and comments.

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III–D: Nevada's System of Accountability and Information in Nevada (SAIN): Collecting and Reporting, Successes and Challenges for its State Longitudinal Data System

Andrew Parr, Glenn Meyer, Julian Montoya, Ken Nelmes, and Gene Walters, Nevada Department of Education

    The Nevada Department of Education (NDE) built the System of Accountability and Information in Nevada (SAIN) primarily for the purpose of meeting federal and state reporting requirements. Federal grant funds provided the NDE with the opportunity to enhance SAIN in a manner that allows authorized users to access a wide array of educational data in a secure environment. This session presents information and lessons learned about the NDE's journey from a collector of data to a distributor of data. Attendees will also hear about the NDE's latest challenges: growth model public reporting and quantifying teacher effectiveness.

III–E: OnTrackCA—An Early Warning System

Gregory W. Lindner, Elk Grove Unified School District (California)
L. Russ Brawn, California School Information Services
Mark Gross, School Loop, Inc.

    OnTrackCA.org is an online performance management community of California education leaders and their schools, people committed to raising graduation rates and reducing dropouts. OnTrackCA.org is unique and transformative, and it is designed to help people use data to work together to raise performance. The system connects an indicator dashboard to aligned interventions, so people can identify and support at-risk students. The system is free for local education agencies in California.

III–F: Connecting Financial Data to EDFacts

Matthew Case and Ross Santy, U.S. Department of Education

    Through EDFacts and other U.S. Department of Education (ED) data systems, ED offers a broad set of data and reports on grantmaking, grantee performance data, and school and district demographics to inform ED programs and policy. However, these assets are typically fragmented across different systems and do not always employ common entity identifiers (e.g., NCES ID to DUNS), which can facilitate more comprehensive analyses. This presentation focuses on recent efforts across ED to link K–12 demographic and performance data collected in EDFacts to grant execution data.

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III–G: Cumberland County Schools Leverage District Data Warehouse for Personalized Education Planning

Ruben Reyes, Cumberland County Schools (North Carolina)

    Cumberland County Schools in North Carolina is partnering with eScholar on a new application to empower the educational team (including educators, parents, and students) to create personalized education plans and set intervention and behavioral goals. Harnessing the power of comprehensive longitudinal data from the district's Data Warehouse has enabled it to measure the effectiveness of the process and to continue to improve student learning.

III–H: Using Data to Measure the Impact of Chronic Absence in Pre–K and Kindergarten

Faith Connolly, Baltimore Education Research Consortium
Heidi Stevens, Baltimore City Public Schools (Maryland)

    Chronic absence, defined in Maryland as missing more than 20 days in a school year, interferes with instruction and learning. Choosing to examine the issue of absence longitudinally, Baltimore City investigated chronic absence in Pre–K and Kindergarten to determine its influence on later attendance and achievement patterns and to produce geographical maps of student attendance to provide a unique context to develop and implement interventions.

III–I: Making Education Data Available to Educators and the Public

Karl Scheff, California Department of Education
Nancy Sullivan, Fiscal Crisis and Management Assistance Team/California School Information Services

    This session includes a demonstration of three free Internet-based services that provide educators and the public with easy access to data about K–12 education in California:

    1. DataQuest, the California Department of Education (CDE) site that includes accountability, test, enrollment, graduate, dropout, course enrollment, staffing, and English learner data.
    2. Ed-Data, a site supported by partnership with CDE, EdSource, and the Fiscal Crisis and Management Assistance Team (FCMAT) that includes accountability, demographic, financial, bond and parcel tax election results, pop-up trend, and comparison data.
    3. School Accountability Report Card (SARC) Ed-Data, a site for local SARC coordinators that provides pre-populated templates to use when creating SARCs.

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