Aspect Software, Inc.
John Luddy and Ric Greenwall, Aspect Software, Inc.
Aspect Software (Aspect) is a nationally managed Microsoft services partner with a strong education
services practice. Aspect has more than ten years of experience working with state and local education
agencies to meet their data and information management needs. Aspect holds partner certifications in core
Microsoft competency areas specific to education, such as portals and collaboration, data warehousing,
dashboard and reporting solutions, digital marketing, unified communications, and student/teacher
success management solutions.
Cambridge Education/The Tripod Project
Terri Nicole-Singleton and Rob Ramsdell, Cambridge Education
Jennifer Lally, Choice Solutions, Inc.
Cambridge Education is uniquely well suited to provide districts and states with support as they improve
their systems of evaluation and performance management. We have developed extensive expertise
through our involvement with the Gates Measures of Effective Teaching Project and through partnerships
on teacher evaluation initiatives in a range of settings including Memphis, Washington, DC, and Pittsburgh,
as well as the states of North Carolina, Hawaii, Maine, and Kentucky. Developed and refined over the past
ten years, our Tripod survey assessments and analysis methods deliver measures of effective teaching,
student engagement, and school climate.
Brennain Delaney and Zachary Tussing, Choice Solutions
As the market leader in P–20W Education Longitudinal Data Systems, Choice Solutions is an end-to-end
global Enterprise IT Service and Solutions provider with a proud tradition of helping educational entities
and workforce-focused institutions build better citizens for tomorrow. Founded with a vision of partnering
state and local agencies, we offer a holistic approach to moving and delivering education information and
services to the proper stakeholders. With a portfolio of trusted and quality solutions, Choice Solutions has
the privilege of serving many government organizations, including 15 state departments of education and
numerous districts, regional education centers, and privately run agencies. Visit our booth anytime during
the conference and learn what we can do to help you and your organization get the most out of your data.
Common Education Data Standards (CEDS) Tools
While education institutions across the P–20 (early learning through postsecondary) environment use
many different conventions for capturing data and meeting information needs, there are certain data
that must be easily understood, compared, and shared by all. For these, we need a shared vocabulary
for education data—that is, we need common education data standards. The Common Education Data
Standards (CEDS) is a national, collaborative effort to develop voluntary data standards for a key set of
education data elements to streamline the exchange, comparison, and understanding of data within and
across P–20 institutions and sectors. Beyond the standards (definitions, option sets, technical specifications,
etc.), CEDS has developed a data model and an innovative new tool to help organizations across P–20 to
align with CEDS and effectively leverage the standards to support data sharing and utilization. Please come
visit this table if you would like to receive some one-on-one training on how to use the CEDS Align Tool.
(Visit https://ceds.ed.gov for more information and access to the standards and CEDS tools.)
Gay Sherman, Michelle Elia, and Aziz Elia; CPSI, Ltd.
CPSI’s xDStudio delivers a highly scalable, extensible Statewide Longitudinal Data System (SLDS) solution
that provides automated real-time data collections and reporting. We provide continuous data validation
and error reporting along with longitudinal data analysis processes to give all your stakeholders up-todate
quality data that are always available for review, analysis and reporting. You can easily expand the
system to include a larger set of data pulled from additional data sources. The XML generator allows your
organization to use any pre-defined data standard including Schools Interoperability Framework (SIF), SLI,
Ed-Fi, National Education Data Model (NEDM), Common Education Data Standards (CEDS), Postsecondary
Electronic Standards Council (PESC), or a combination of standards for various purposes.
Philip Benowitz; Deloitte Consulting
Deloitte will present its custom and COTS statewide longitudinal data system (SLDS) and related experience.
Nisa Torres, Shawn Bay, and Wolf Boehme; eScholar LLC
eScholar—Building Futures One Goal at a Time—is the leading innovator in providing data and technology
solutions to drive education. eScholar products provide clean integrated data that can be used to drive
effective innovations that promote and improve individual student achievement and consequently
systemically improve education. eScholar myTrack harnesses the power of comprehensive longitudinal
data to inform personal educational goals and to measure progress. Our award-winning eScholar Complete
Data Warehouse, Uniq-ID system and newly released Interstate ID eXchange continue to drive the stateof-
the-art in using longitudinal data to improve education. Stop by our booth for a demonstration of our
new product and learn how eScholar can support personalized education in your organization. eScholar
provides comprehensive solutions that are relied on statewide by 13 state education agencies, supporting
4,800 districts with more than 18 million early childhood through postsecondary students. www.escholar.
ESP Solutions Group
Joshua Goodman, Steve King, Glynn Ligon, and Barbara Clements; ESP Solutions Group
ESP Solutions Group is solely focused on improving the quality of education data. Its team of education
experts pioneered the concept of “data-driven decisionmaking” (D3M) and now partners to optimize the
management of data within education agencies. ESP Solutions Group has advised school districts, all 52 state
education agencies, and the U.S. Department of Education on the practice of P–20 data management. ESP
Solutions Group is nationally recognized experts in implementing the data and technology requirements
of state accountability systems, No Child Left Behind (NCLB), EDEN/EDFacts, Schools Interoperability
Framework (SIF), and the National Education Data Model (NEDM). Its collective expertise is represented
in the Optimal Reference Guides (downloads are available at www.espsg.com/resources.php). To learn
more, visit www.espsolutionsgroup.com.
Hupp Information Technologies
Dean Hupp, Hupp Information Technologies
Hupp Information Technologies is the market leader in state-level teacher certification, state-level school
accreditation, and automation of highly qualified teacher reporting.
Joe Fox, Infinite Campus
Infinite Campus provides a statewide data collection solution that connects to and collects data from local
district student information systems. Infinite Campus delivers a proven, comprehensive state solution—
including unique student and staff IDs, district-to-district data transfers, and teacher-student data linkage—
that ensures on-time, on-budget implementations. Our five statewide initiatives give us unique insights
into the complexities and subtleties of planning and managing this important project.
Chris Chesowsky and Mary Conroy, Longleaf Solutions
Baseline Edge is a software application from Longleaf Solutions. The application helps school districts
pull data from all of the various data systems within the district so that all of their data is in one place.
With this data, districts can manage their student interventions by identifying at-risk students, assigning
students to intervention plans, monitoring tools to manage these plans, and interactive dashboards to
easily inform users on the progression of these plans. The system also assists districts with benchmarking
themselves against other districts by using publicly available district data, managing their district and
school improvement plans, managing their budget, etc. though dashboards, and also has an expansive
research tool to allow districts to quickly search through educational research articles.
National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)
Joanne Lim, Hager Sharp Inc.
The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) is a project of the National Center for Education
Statistics (NCES) and is the largest continuing and nationally representative assessment of what our
nation’s students know and can do. NAEP releases detailed data sets on student performance, contextual
variables, and demographic information that will be of key interest to researchers at the NCES Summer
Data Conference. We will distribute NAEP reports, frameworks, and research guides; answer questions
about NAEP data; and introduce attendees to the NAEP online data tools.
Gary Johnson, Ric Ferrentino, and Andrew Cary; Pearson
Linking Systems to Create a Lifelong Data Continuum. State education agencies need technologies that
connect infrastructure, instruction, and assessment—the keys to advancing education at a scale that
matters. By using technology to bring together a holistic view of the big picture, we surface actionable,
data-driven insights—to forever improve the way we teach and make personalized learning a reality for
Visit our demonstration area and learn about our instructional improvement solutions, electronic student
record/transcript solution, and standards-based data systems that enable interagency linking, automate
processes, increase data accuracy, and reduce costs. We’ll partner with you to help you connect the
insights of many for the potential of one.