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22nd Annual MIS Conference 2009

Concurrent Session XII Presentations

Friday, February 20, 2009
9:45 - 10:45

XII–A Making Mole Hills Out of Mountains of Data: Professional Development to Survive the Data Deluge
Denise Airola and Sean Mulvenon, University of Arkansas
Mickey Garrison, Oregon Department of Education
    Data-driven decision making in education permeates all levels with the explicit goal of improving student achievement. Schools, districts, and state education agencies (SEAs) enjoy access to an unprecedented amount of educational data. However, realization of the true potential of data-driven decision making—improved student achievement—continues to be a hit or miss proposition. The critical nexus of data-driven decision making is assessment literacy and educational data analysis literacy linked to instructional practice. This session highlighted key content in professional development designed to overcome the data deluge for educators by developing essential skills and concepts in data and assessment literacy.

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XII–C From Data to Information: Perspectives on Policy and Practice
Deborah Lindsey, Milwaukee Public Schools
Jeffery Watson and Sara Kraemer, Wisconsin Center for Education Research, University of Wisconsin-Madison
    This panel presented two perspectives of data use in a large urban school district that focus on identifying what works. Deborah Lindsey, Director of Research and Assessment at Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS), discussed how MPS currently leverages its data warehouse to support school-level and district-level planning and decision making. Jeff Watson, researcher at the Wisconsin Center for Education Research and project lead for the Integrated Resource Information System (IRIS) project, described methods, successes, and challenges associated with extending the capacity of the MPS data warehouse to inform decisions related to planning and assessing the impact of resource allocations.

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XII–D Using GIS to Example Spatial and Demographic Trends in High School Dual Enrollment and Advanced Science and Mathematics Coursetaking
Will Tyson, Reginald Lee, and Kathryn Borman
Alliance of Applied Research in Education and Anthropology University of South Florida
    Geographic Information Systems (GIS) allows users to interpret data to map spatial relationships and trends. A new technique in education research is using spatial data to understand disparities in achievement outcomes. This session used Florida's PK-20 Education Data Warehouse data to examine demographic trends in dual enrollment and advanced placement science and mathematics course-taking among Florida high school students. Geographic Information Systems permit spatial illustration of relationships between race and socioeconomic variables and student outcomes at the neighborhood (census tract) or school level allowing for the exploration of links between teacher and student variables in a school-level analysis of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) pathways within Florida school districts.

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XII–G Cohort Dropout Rates
Susan Williams, Virginia Department of Education
    Are you up late at night thinking about longitudinal reporting? Are you daydreaming about what your state will do after an on-time graduation rate is published? This interactive discussion was for those who cannot stop thinking about cohort dropout rates. The presenter shared Virginia's methodology and lessons learned along the way, with time for group discussion.

Sessions in Longitudinal Data Systems (LDS) track:

XII–H Collecting Data About K-12 Buildings: A Pilot Project in Washington State
Nina Oman, Washington State Joint Legislative Audit and Review Committee
    Washington state policymakers are increasingly interested in better information about K-12 facilities, such as whether there is enough space to offer all-day Kindergarten, and how many specialized spaces such as science laboratories are available in schools. However, currently there is no statewide source of standardized, automated data for K-12 buildings that includes inventory, condition, and use of space information. To explore how to solve this problem, the Washington State Legislature assigned the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Committee the task of developing a pilot system for K-12 public school facilities in the state. Ten participating school districts will be asked to report information about their buildings, including detailed ratings of condition and use of space at the classroom level. A report will be provided to the Legislature in January 2010 describing the results of the pilot and the feasibility of expanding it statewide. This presentation described: the design of the pilot, the scope of data to be collected in the pilot, methodology for collecting the data, and an implementation plan.

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XII–I Using the NAEP Data Explorer
Angie Mangiantini, Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction
    This presentation focused on the use of National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) Data Explorer (NDE) to extract data by state and for use in state comparisons. Explanation of the variables was explored. Use of the analysis tools within the NDE was discussed. The new soon-to-be-released version of the NDE was also reviewed. Participants were assumed to have a basic understanding of statistics.

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