Concurrent Session XI Presentations
Friday, July 29, 2011
9:45 am – 10:45 am
XI–A: Data-Informed Professional Development
Eric Brooks, Arizona Department of Education
Joellen Killion and Jacqueline Kennedy, Learning Forward
Arizona is committed to supporting school districts to measure the effectiveness of professional development.
Using the Standards Assessment Inventory based on the Standards for Staff Development, schools and school districts
within Arizona have information to make data-informed decisions to increase the quality and effectiveness of professional
development. The newly revised Standards for Professional Development, released in July 2011, define the indicators of
quality and recommended practice in the field. Hear how Arizona has used standards for professional development and how
they will use the newly updated standards to increase the effectiveness and results of professional development.
XI–B: The Challenges of Implementing an On-Line Teacher Credentialing System and Moving it to Real-Time
Darren Addington, California Commission on Teacher Credentialing
The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing will share some of the trials it went through when it implemented
its on-line Credentialing system, which includes public and private display of Credentials, renewing of Credentials online,
Approved Programs (IHEs) recommending people for Credentials, and Direct Applications. The presenter will share the
challenges the Commission is currently facing in bringing this online system in house and moving it to real time
processing and display.
XI–C: Dropout Prevention, College Readiness, and Teacher Matching: Using Existing State Data
Dorothyjean Cratty, National Center for Education Statistics
This session is a demonstration and discussion of the types of policy-relevant research questions that can be addressed
using existing state data and a range of techniques that can be employed to turn administrative data files into research-ready
datasets. For both, states just beginning to develop linked, longitudinal datasets, and those that have been collecting them
for years—there are a few additional steps that can be taken to allow state and local education agencies and their stakeholders
to analyze pressing but complex issues. By incorporating available information about the data generation process, states and
stakeholders can make significantly greater use of evidence-based solutions to education’s biggest challenges.
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XI–D: Standardizing the Standards
Michael Sessa, Postsecondary Electronic Standards Council (PESC)
Shawn Bay, eScholar LLC
Rick Skeel, The University of Oklahoma
For more than a decade, there have been a number of groups working to produce and implement data standards that support
the goal of interoperability. These initiatives have come at the problem from various perspectives, PK–12, higher education,
data collection, instructional management and more. More recently, as data are being put to work on a large scale, we have
all become aware that we are addressing different portions of the same large scale data problem. Our panel will outline the
specific action steps that are being taken to converge these standards as we move forward so the constituencies and installed
bases of each standard will reap the benefits increasing interoperability as we move forward. We will discuss the work done so
far, the plan going forward and the use cases we have currently addressed. We will also discuss the roles and actions that
state education agencies, local education agencies, and vendors can take to move this process forward as
effectively as possible.
XI–E: School District Demographics System Map Viewer Update 2011
Tai Phan, National Center for Education Statistics
Brendan Collins, Blue Raster
NCES continues to make significant enhancements to its School District Demographics System (SDDS) website.
This session will present an overview of the latest features and data enhancements available for the SDDS Standard
and Express Interactive Map Viewers. The session will also briefly discuss some of the technology used in
constructing the website, including ESRI ArcGIS Server Flex API.
XI–F: P–20 Information Systems: Challenges and Possibilities
Meredith Bickell and Geir Solvang, Wyoming Department of Education
Alex Jackl, Choice Solutions, Inc.
Integration, quality, mobility, ownership, accessibility, scalability, sustainability…the utilization of data is
important to everyone: parents, teachers, policymakers, and administrators. The driving factor behind all data collection
is the concept that the data are collected and analyzed, reports are produced, and the information is analyzed from
which informed decisions are made. The ability for this to impact student learning rests on the back of accurate data
and being able to link multiple types and sources of data to create better information to use in making decisions. How
can state education agencies create an environment conducive to building a P–20 Information System that will meet
XI–G: Navigating Multiple Databases for Research (Session Cancelled)
Sarah Frazelle, Kansas City Area Education Research Consortium
Mark Ehlert, University of Missouri
Quality research increasingly relies on combining data from multiple sources such as local, state and national
education databases. Kansas City Area Education Research Consortium (KC-AERC) will facilitate a discussion on creating
a common database for merging and storing Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) protected data from multiple
databases while working under short-term data sharing agreements. Based on experience, KC-AERC will highlight best
practices and common pitfalls with emphasis on documentation and replicable statistical programming.
XI–H: Economic Hardships: Exploring Alternative Funding Sources
Carlee Poston Escue, University of Cincinnati
As the nation is struggling with economic hardship, it is becoming imperative to investigate alternative funding
sources. This study explores largely unknown funding opportunities currently in existence yet not identified as
potential funding sources. This study will also address some of the litigation and state reactions to such funding
opportunities. It is the intent of the study to encourage innovative approaches to financial solutions for both
the states and the nation.
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XI–I: Foundations of Success: A Longitudinal Study of New York City Public School Students From Grades 1–12
Sarah Cordes, Amy Ellen Schwartz, Leanna Stiefel, and Meryle Weinstein; New York University
We conduct the first known longitudinal study of multiple cohorts of urban public school students that follows them for
their entire academic careers. We look at 30,000+ New York City Public School children in each cohort to examine how those
who succeed differ from those who do not. Importantly, we look at the evolution of their progress from first grade through
the end of high school, examining their attendance, achievement, background characteristics, etc. In addition, we look at
the successes and failures of the over 50,000 students who share their classrooms for some part of their academic journey.