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Concurrent Session IV Presentations

Wednesday, February 13, 2013
3:00 - 4:00


IV–A: EDFacts Shared State Solution (ES3)—An Update

Tom Ogle, Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
Joyce Popp, Idaho State Department of Education
Kim Carlson, South Dakota Department of Education
Steven King, ESP Solutions Group

The common components of EDFacts for all states have been standardized and shared across Idaho, Missouri, South Dakota, and Tennessee–so far. The EDFacts Shared State Solution (ES3) provides mechanisms for staging EDFacts data in a common way and sharing routines for creating compliant submission files. With multiple states contributing to reports and maintenance, ES3 provides an open solution for other partner states to join. Best practices have been incorporated into the architecture, processes, and documentation. In this session, each state's presenter will describe how ES3 benefits EDFacts data quality and reporting.

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EDFacts Shared State Solution (ES3)—An Update Microsoft PPT File (1.17 MB)


IV–B: Grappling With the Voracious Demand for Education Data

Daniel Domagala, Colorado Department of Education

Colorado is utilizing a three-pronged approach to disseminating analytical data: 1) an information "portal" center for browsing; 2) an engaging "showcase" display of emerging themes or data stories; and 3) access to raw/bulk data. This presentation will demonstrate some of these delivery mechanisms and discuss emerging trends and strategies in the area of effective data delivery.

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IV–C: Disclosure Avoidance and the U.S. Department of Education's School-Level Assessment Data Release

Michael Hawes, U.S. Department of Education

This presentation will address the disclosure avoidance methodology used for the U.S. Department of Education's release of the school-level assessment data by grade and subgroup. The session also will discuss several resources that the Department of Education has recently developed to assist states with data privacy and disclosure-avoidance issues.

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Disclosure Avoidance and the U.S. Department of Education's School-Level Assessment Data Release Microsoft PPT File (553 KB)


IV–D: Education Standards Working Together Towards Best Practices

Beth Young, Quality Information Partners
Larry Fruth, SIF Association
Rob Abel, IMS Global Learning Consortium
Michael Sessa, Postsecondary Electronic Standards Council (PESC)
Lori Fey, Michael & Susan Dell Foundation
Brandt Redd, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

The education standards landscape is vibrant but can be confusing; this session will provide a detailed road map for users. These standards support users by providing a P–20W education data language, a method for exchanging this data, and data use implementations at the state, district, school, and classroom level. Each of these standards play a different part in supporting the education community, and this session will highlight several projects where these standards work together to provide a solution for users.


IV–E: Facilitating Researcher Access to Statewide Longitudinal Data System (SLDS)

Rosemary Collins, National Center for Education Statistics
Kathy Gosa, Kansas State Department of Education
Bethann Canada, Virginia Department of Education

The Kansas State Department of Education and the Virginia Department of Education will present in this session their different approaches to providing researcher access to their longitudinal data systems, including information about their data access policies, restrictions on use of data, open/ public records requests, responsibility for review/approval of a data request, levels of data access, funding strategies for data access, and researcher training/preparation for use of data.

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Facilitating Researcher Access to Statewide Longitudinal Data System (SLDS) Microsoft PPT File (3.96 MB)


IV–F: Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs): Interstate and Intrastate Agreements

Baron Rodriguez, AEM Corporation
Jan Kiehne, Connecticut State Colleges and Universities (ConnSCU)
Connie Brooks, Iowa Department of Education

Want to see what a well-rounded Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) looks like and the process some of your peer states have undertaken to create this very important document? This session will provide an overview of the process involved in developing the key components of Connecticut's MOU and also discuss Midwest Education Information Consortium's (MEIC's) approach and MOU for sharing of data for the purposes of fulfilling the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act reporting requirements on graduates.

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Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs): Interstate and Intrastate Agreements Microsoft PPT File (1.16 MB)


IV–G: The Texas Student Data System and the Transition From the Person Identification Database (PID) to Unique ID–The Benefits and Reality

Sharon Gaston, Texas Education Agency
Andrea Hartman and Figen Bilir, eScholar LLC

The Texas Student Data System (TSDS) is one of the largest district-facing data warehouses ever created in the United States. One of the cornerstones of the TSDS is the implementation of Unique ID, which provides a unique identifier for all staff and students in the state. During this session, representatives from Texas Education Agency and eScholar will discuss the transition process and the lessons learned from the statewide implementation, training, and deployment. Participants will learn about the benefits of the Unique ID system as well as the risks associated with implementing a new statewide identifier system for more than four million students and staff.


IV–H: Pathways Between K–12, Higher Education, and Employment: Patterns From Ohio Administrative Data

Joshua Hawley, Ohio Education Research Center, Ohio State University
Lisa Neilson, Center for Human Resource Research, Ohio State University

State governments and universities have developed new data systems to track individuals from early childhood education to workforce. Ohio's new P–20 system and Workforce Data Quality Initiative are both building systems capable of tracking people across the lifespan. Using this new data system, researchers have studied the progress higher education enrollees are making in the workforce. How the higher education system is responding to business demands for skilled workers is a major policy issue in Ohio and other states. This presentation will describe the employment outcomes from higher education, showing the capabilities of the new linked data systems for state policy analysts and the research community.

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Pathways Between K–12, Higher Education, and Employment: Patterns From Ohio Administrative Data Microsoft PPT File (1.99 MB)


IV–I: Why Vendor Variety and Standards Interoperability Are Key to Successful Implementation

Joe Griffin, Keller Independent School District (Texas)
Tim Beekman, SAFARI Montage

The importance of interoperability and adherence to standards in today's educational environment cannot be overstated. Keller Independent School District (KISD) in Texas has been recognized as a leader in instructional technology. In this session, Joe Griffin, Chief Technology Officer at KISD, will share his experiences and views on this timely topic, along with Tim Beekman, President and Co-Founder of SAFARI Montage. Mr. Beekman serves on the Board of the IMS Global Learning Consortium, which develops open interoperability standards for education. The focus of the discussion will be on interoperability and the need for adherence to standards by a wide range of information technology vendors.


IV–J: Data Unlimited: What a School System Can Accomplish When It Lets the Data Do the Talking

Ashley Daniel, Rogers Public Schools (Arkansas)

The steps one Arkansas school district took to guide and facilitate an educator movement toward more data-informed instruction will be outlined and explained in this session. The movement began in 2005 with developing a districtwide strategic plan and hiring a district-level statistician. The district has made significant academic gains through increasing data accessibility, facilitating staff data trainings, and evaluating and monitoring program implementations in conjunction with improving the alignment of curriculum, instruction, and assessment. Other outcomes have included closing achievement gaps, reducing dropout rates, and improving classroom instruction. Educational decisions from the boardroom to the classroom are now based on data.

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Data Unlimited: What a School System Can Accomplish When It Lets the Data Do the Talking Microsoft PPT File (5.10 MB)

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