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Concurrent Session VI Presentations

Thursday, February 16, 2012
10:00 - 11:00


VI–A: Data Governance: More Than a Manual, More Than a Monthly Meeting

Kathy Gosa, Kansas State Department of Education
Melody Parrish, Texas Education Agency
Josh Klein, Oregon Department of Education

    Many states are finding it difficult to institutionalize data governance processes in the state education agency (SEA). In this session, you will hear from, and interact with, a panel of Data Governance Coordinators who will discuss how they have dealt with critical situations as they developed their SEA's data governance program. Sample topics address the following questions: How did the coordinator address resistance or lack of participation from program areas? How were conversations structured or facilitated to come up with one definition of a variable when two different areas claim ownership? How were an enterprise-wide perspective of governance and a centralized data system imbedded in the agency?

VI–B: Spanning the Spectrum: Utilizing Statewide Longitudinal Data System (SLDS) Data at the Early Childhood, K–12, and Postsecondary Levels

Shara Bunis, Pennsylvania Department of Education

    Pennsylvania Department of Education's (PDE) PK–16 SLDS is a rich source of data that is now linked with the early childhood data in the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare's Early Learning Network (ELN). In this presentation, PDE discusses updates on the completion of projects that utilize data across the spectrum to provide actionable information for local education improvement back to our early learning, K–12, and postsecondary stakeholders.

VI–C: Implementing an Enterprise Architecture and Meta Data Tool in Washington State

Bill Huennekens and Nathan Clinton, Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

    The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction in Washington State is implementing an Enterprise Architecture and Meta Data tool as part of a statewide longitudinal data system grant. This session explores the strategies for implementing the tool and how IT and business staff plan to use the tool. The data model and mapping being done will be reviewed in addition to practical outputs from the tool.

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VI–D: Meeting Mandates: Cooperation, Communication, Coercion

David Weinberger, Yonkers Public Schools (New York)
Marilyn King, Bozeman School District #7 (Montana)
Linda Atwood, Montana Office of Public Instruction
John Metcalfe, Fremont County School District #1 (Wyoming)
Tom Howell, Michigan Center for Educational Performance and Information
Kristina Martin, Macomb Intermediate School District (Michigan)
Sonya Edwards, California Department of Education
Laurel Krsek, Napa Valley Unified School District (California).

    State education agencies (SEAs) and local education agencies (LEAs) are drowning in paperwork and reporting mandates. Are communication gaps and frustration the causes or the consequences? To what degree are SEA-LEA relationships defined by important differences in the priorities of local and state organizations? This panel discussion explores solutions to identify points of integration and interference and improve collaboration. Using the consensus process, this panel discussion and audience participation will result in a "best outcomes" statement for how SEAs and LEAs can work together to meet data mandates that can be shared with governance entities at both the state and local levels.

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VI–E: Protection of Personally Identifiable Information Through Disclosure Avoidance Techniques

Michael Hawes, U.S. Department of Education
Baron Rodriguez, AEM Corporation
Tom Szuba, Quality Information Partners, Inc.

    Presenters will discuss disclosure avoidance techniques to help states remain compliant with FERPA when publishing tabular data.

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VI–F: Collaborating With and Investing In Our Divisions in Virginia

Bethann Canada, Virginia Department of Education
Paul McGowan, Center for Innovative Technology

    As part of its Longitudinal Data System grant, the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) developed a unique program to invest in, and collaborate with, all 132 divisions (local districts) in the State of Virginia. A unique, competitive sub-grant process was designed and developed with the divisions in which the key stakeholders developed the requirements, criteria, and priorities and a neutral third party managed the process. This presentation will describe the project, lessons learned, and the value to both local divisions as well as VDOE.

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VI–G: Open Source Tools and Applications in Education Research

Val Pushkarev and Matt Jeffery, Arkansas Research Center

    Arkansas Research Center demonstrates data integration and identity resolution solutions using open source (OSS) tools. The team presents real-life applications of OSS alternatives in education research, such as data profiling with DataCleaner, validation and cleansing with Pentaho, data visualization with Highcharts, and identity resolution with Oyster and KIM.

VI–H: A Data Governance Balancing Act: Supporting an Education Research Agenda in an Environment of Responsible Data-sharing Policies

Heather Boughton and Matthew Danzuso, Ohio Department of Education

    As part of its Race to the Top commitment, the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) is in the process of creating the Ohio Education Research Center (OERC), an entity charged with developing and implementing a P–20 education research agenda in Ohio. As a collaborative effort among ODE, the Ohio Board of Regents, and the research community, the OERC is now driving a reassessment of ODE's data sharing policies and processes. This presentation highlights the challenges associated with streamlining internal procedures for data sharing and preserving student privacy while still furthering Ohio's research agenda.

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VI–I: Establishing a Teacher Student Data Link

Cody Decker, Arkansas Department of Education
Laura Sonn, Data Quality Campaign
Helen Soule and Nancy Wilson, CELT
Christopher Woolard, Ohio Department of Education

    Representatives from the Ohio Department of Education, the Arkansas Department of Education, CELT, and the Data Quality Campaign discuss solutions for establishing and strengthening previously established Teacher Student Data Links. Topics include establishing a statewide definition of Teacher of Record and using roster verification to improve data quality. A live demonstration of Arkansas's roster verification system is presented.

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