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Concurrent Session III Presentations


Wednesday, July 17, 2013
4:30 pm – 5:20 pm


III–B: Iowa Rewired

Carla Schimelfenig and Roger Petersen, Iowa Department of Education

    Data collection processes and reporting have undergone a transformation in Iowa during 2012–13. Some of the changes include a new portal, schools interoperability framework (SIF) implementation, expanded electronic student records to facilitate new foster care placement notifications, and the rewrite of a student-level suite of applications. More changes to come involve implementing an enterprise data dictionary, Common Education Data Standards (CEDS) alignment, SIF 3.0, and EDEN reporting from the data warehouse. Learn in this session about the challenges and successes of Iowa’s Statewide Longitudinal Data System (SLDS) K–12 2009 grant that was used to facilitate these changes.

III–C: Technical Leapfrog: How Collaboration Is Helping State Education Agencies (SEAs) Make Better, Faster, Cheaper Progress

Lori Feye, Ed-Fi Alliance
Paul Butler-Nalin, South Carolina Department of Education
Holly Glover, Arkansas Department of Education
Richard Charlesworth, Tennessee Department of Education

    Developing a comprehensive statewide longitudinal data system (SLDS) that both serves current accountability needs and provides near real-time data for instructional decisionmaking is a challenge unique to our times. These new challenges call for new approaches and methods to ensure success. Several states are taking a collaborative approach by actively learning from each other and deliberately contributing to each other in the process. In this session, hear from several states that are successfully addressing the two new challenges with the help of those who have already walked the implementation path, and learn how your state can participate and benefit.

III–D: What’s New With the Learning Resource Metadata Initiative

Michael Jay, Educational Systemics
Jim Goodell, Quality Information Partners, Inc.
Sue Cowden, inBloom
Tim Farquer, Illinois State Board of Education

    This session will cover the latest news concerning the Learning Resource Metadata Initiative (LRMI), including adoption by Schema.org, updates on the A11Y Accessibility Metadata Proposal, and coordination with the Learning Registry and inBloom Learning Registry Index. The A11Y accessibility elements, which have been submitted to Schema.org for consideration, are among the first of the candidate elements being considered for inclusion in Common Education Data Standards (CEDS) Version 4.

III–E: A Tale of Two Studies—Before and After P–20W

Carol Jenner, Washington State Office of Financial Management

    Washington’s Education Research & Data Center (ERDC) is responsible for two studies that traditionally have been conducted using relatively limited administrative data sets. Adding P–20W data has allowed for a richer, more thorough analysis. In this session, these two studies will be described, along with the “before P–20W” and “after P–20W” status for each: (1) The Applications Match Study, which examines the enrollment outcomes of applicants to the public baccalaureate institutions in Washington; and (2) an assessment of employment during and after high school, which is now accomplished using driver’s license data and social security number issue dates to maximize the possible linkages to employment data and the quality of those linkages. This information is used to satisfy federal reporting requirements pertaining to Career Technical Education (CTE).

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III–F: Michigan Postsecondary Data Road Trip

Michael McGroarty and Thomas Howell, Michigan Center for Educational Performance and Information

    Michigan collects postsecondary student data directly from in-state public institutions and from the National Student Clearinghouse to obtain a comprehensive data profile of its high school graduates and postsecondary population. The Statewide Longitudinal Data System combines these data to provide a more complete picture of college going and career readiness of its public high school graduates. This also provides a better picture of the overall postsecondary enrollment for Michigan. This session will explain how, using the MISchoolData.org portal, Michigan has been able to present to the public a picture of Michigan’s college-going population and develop plans for increased transparency of this population, eventually linking into the workforce.

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III–G: Increasing Research Possibilities With the Ohio Longitudinal Data Archive

Josh Hawley, Ohio Education Research Center, The Ohio State University
Matt Cohen, Ohio Department of Education

    The Ohio Longitudinal Data Archive (OLDA) is a large-scale data collection of linked administrative data on topics including K–12 and higher education, workforce development, health, and mental health. It supports a primary objective of the Ohio Education Research Center by increasing access to administrative data, making the analysis and evaluation of government programs and assessments possible. This session will demonstrate uses of the OLDA, particularly for administrators interested in the issue of high school dropouts. Tools include school-level cohort tracking documents and interactive tools that predict student need for assistance in high school based on middle school performance.

III–H: The School Quality Snapshot: California's In-House Solution for Reporting Longitudinal Data

Meredith Babcock-Roberson and Navjot Khalsa, California Department of Education

    Following the implementation of its longitudinal data system, California needed to make the myriad of data analytically useful to various stakeholders and provide it in an easy-to-understand format. California’s school quality snapshot (SQS) graphically displays comparative school, local educational agency (LEA), and state data for various accountability, demographic, and school climate indicators. The SQS was created in six weeks using existing state resources and Microsoft products and has proved to be invaluable to schools and districts. The presenters will share the technical approach and software used to create the snapshots as well as lessons learned and next steps.

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III–I: REALWORLD on Campus: Using State Applications to Foster Data Use Skill Development in College Pre-Service

Kateri Grillot and Kimberly Wright, Kansas State Department of Education

    The Kansas State Department of Education created the REALWORLD System, which makes available state-level applications for postsecondary faculty to use in pre-service instruction. In this session, hear how a number of colleges and universities in Kansas implemented the system across their teacher and leadership preparation courses.

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III–J: Are Your School Districts Headed for an Iceberg?

Susan Barkley, Kentucky Department of Education
Amy Willard, West Virginia Department of Education

    With shrinking education budgets nationwide, many school districts are struggling to operate in the black. This session will provide an integrated look at the financial operations of school districts and possible indicators of impending doom. Like large ocean liners, school districts are unable to turn on a dime, and they need assistance to navigate open waters. Data from school districts, already collected at the state level, can be used to develop an Early Warning System to highlight what can and will go wrong if no action is taken.

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