Concurrent Session IX Presentations
Thursday, July 28, 2011
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
IX–A: Examining Local Education Agency Assessment Data for Students With Disabilities
Bobbi Stettner-Eaton, Kelly Worthington, Meredith Miceli, and Jane Clark; U.S. Department of Education
The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) has been reviewing assessment data at the local
education agency level. During this session, OSEP will discuss the findings of these reviews.
IX–B: Bringing Educational Clouds Down to Earth
Howard Woodard, J. Whitney Bunting College of Business, Georgia College and State University
The educational cloud, whether external or internal, offers tremendous scalability, control, and potential savings.
But there are also some definite concerns—especially with security and privacy—that can make this a tough decision.
This session takes a look at how, and if, cloud computing can be used in data collection systems safely, efficiently,
and economically in educational environments.
IX–C: A P–20 Longitudinal Data System Without Personally Identifiable Information or Software Costs
Neal Gibson, Arkansas Research Center
Jim Goodell, CELT Corporation
An open source platform to link and manage data between K–12, early childhood, postsecondary, workforce, health care,
and other state agencies will be presented. Arkansas’ TrustEd architecture uses federated integration between data sources
across multiple state agencies. The architecture leverages a secure web service trusted broker to establish and maintain
identity links between agencies while maintaining privacy. De-identified data from each agency is kept separate from
identity information, and a governance system controls legitimate access to create combined (but de-identified) data sets.
The architecture is designed to secure privacy while allowing cross-agency research.
IX–D: Version 2 of the Common Education Data Standards (CEDS)
Tate Gould, Elise Miller, and Emily Anthony; National Center for Education Statistics
Beth Young, Quality Information Partners
This hands-on session reviews the work being done on the upcoming Version 2 Common Education Data Standards (CEDS) elements.
Come join NCES staff and CEDS Stakeholders to discuss the content areas being added to CEDS in the areas of early childhood,
K–12, and postsecondary. CEDS elements focus on standard definitions, code sets, and technical specifications of a subset
of key data elements. The scope of Version 2, specific draft elements, and user tools will be discussed and your feedback
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IX–E: Resource Allocation: Production and Efficiencies or Practices?
Heather Zavadsky and Kristen Kuhne, Texas High School Project
As states and districts face deep cuts to their education budgets, the topic of fiscal efficiency becomes a prime
concern. This year, districts and schools must closely review their resources and decide what they can reduce while
maintaining high quality instructional programs and meeting accountability requirements. This session will compare
two approaches to that process: 1) focusing on cost efficiencies (production functions) or 2) focusing on resource
allocation practices. This session presents existing research on both approaches and shares resource allocation practices
from five award-winning urban districts based on the presenter’s book, Bringing School Reform to Scale published through
Harvard Education Press.
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IX–F: School District Title I Estimates: Boundary Updates and Methodology From the U.S. Census Bureau
Lyndsey Abel and Wes Basel, U.S. Census Bureau
The session includes speakers from the U.S. Census Bureau’s Housing and Household Economic Statistics Division
who will speak on how poverty estimates for school districts are produced and released. Speakers from the U.S.
Census Bureau’s Geography Division will then provide an overview on how they work with state contacts to collect
school district boundaries to support the estimate production.
IX–G: Predictors of Success of Students’ First Attempt Taking State Teaching Certification Tests
Jaime Curts, College of Education, The University of Texas Pan American
This study presents a regression diagnostic of a model used to predict students’ first attempt taking several
Texas Examination of Educator Standards (TExES) tests. Predictors included Texas Higher Education Assessment scores
(reading, mathematics, writing), composite GPA, gender, specific certification program, and admission cohort.
Identification of influential data and sources of collinearity allowed assessment of the quality and reliability
of the regression estimate of model parameters.
IX–H: The Critical Role of Transcripts in State Longitudinal Data Systems (SLDS)
Janis Brown, National Center for Education Statistics
Reginald Hillmon, University of California, Office of the President
Jennifer Laird, MPR Associates, Inc.
Student transcripts and other course-taking records are nearly universal data sources in high schools and school districts
across the country used to award high school diplomas and support college applications. Transcript data can also be used to
inform education policy and practice. As states consider the purpose and design of their longitudinal student data systems,
the use of transcripts should be a key consideration. Presenters will share lessons from the High School Transcript Study
associated with the National Assessment of Educational Progress and from work with states and localities to demonstrate the
valuable role transcripts can play in these systems.
IX–I: Leveraging Shared IP: Lessons From State Implementations
James Wilson, Louisiana Department of Education
Lori Fey, Michael & Susan Dell Foundation
State education agencies have recognized the accelerating power of starting with existing models and are
learning important implementation lessons as statewide longitudinal data systems and data use projects get
underway. Hear how two states are taking advantage of tools originally developed for use in Texas, what is
working, and what has been challenging about taking this approach. In addition, states will share vendor
reaction to this approach.