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2019 Grant Application

Strengthening PIMS Infrastructure to Expand Data Use Capacity

Start Date: 3/1/2020
End Date: 2/29/2024

Project Director: David Ream

Amount Awarded: $3,250,000

Project Abstract 115 KB

Major Outcomes:

  • Infrastructure Priority
    • Automate Data-Request Workflow.
      • PDE will develop a public-facing web application through which submitted data requests will enter an automated workflow system that DQO staff can use review/vet requests, manage communications, and monitor the status of data requests. This workflow will make the formal proposal and IRB process more efficient for both third-party researchers and PDE staff; will ensure that non-research data requests are fulfilled appropriately and in a timely manner; and will allow PDE to shorten response times and increase accuracy of data-request responses.
    • Create a Research Data Repository.
      • PDE will create new linkages within PIMS that pre-join some data and permit faster custom joins when needed. This will allow DQO staff to fulfill internal and external data requests much more quickly and accurately.
    • Advance Interagency Interoperability & Data Linking.
      • PDE will work to increase the long-term usefulness of its data by exploring a common interagency identifier and other interagency data linkages to help answer research questions beyond PDE’s immediate sphere and advance research goals statewide.

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2015 Grant Application

Expansion of Pennsylvania Information Management System (PIMS) Data Use

Start Date: 10/1/2015
End Date: 9/30/2022

Project Director: David Ream

Amount Awarded: $6,999,928

Project Abstract 47 KB

Major Outcomes:

  • Instructional Support
    • Expand the educator dashboard to be more usable, enhance its functionality and increase dashboard adoption by stakeholders.
    • Provide training to participating LEAs and have access to tools and professional support materials that assist them to better use data to support instructional decision-making.
  • Evaluation and Research
    • Implement the “One Stop Data Shop” to expand capacity for research and evaluation by creating more open and transparent access to education data overall. Establish a state research agenda, form collaborative research partnerships and increase internal capacity to conduct research.
    • Conduct evaluations and research providing data to answer key questions, thereby, improving policy implementation and decision making.

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2009-ARRA Grant Application

Pennsylvania Information Management Systems (PIMS)

Start Date: 7/1/2010
End Date: 6/30/2015

Project Director: Dave Ream

Amount Awarded: $14,284,020

Project Application 9.2 MB

Project Abstract 127 KB

Major Outcomes:

  • Connect to workforce data
  • Connect to Adult Basic Literacy Education (ABLE) data
  • Expand postsecondary database
  • Expand existing student and teacher data in the Pennsylvania Information Management System (PIMS)
  • Link kindergarten assessment outcomes and demographic data in PIMS
  • Link PA Federal Head Start program data into Early Learning Network (ELN)
  • Implement eTranscripts and Electronic Student Record Exchange
  • Conduct feasibility and connectivity studies across all agencies and states
  • Establish rigorous data use policy and data audit plans, procedures and training
  • Ensure and enhance access to and use of data

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2009 Grant Application

Pennsylvania Information Management System (PIMS)

Start Date: 7/1/2009
End Date: 6/30/2013

Project Director: David Ream

Amount Awarded: $6,103,000

Project Application 4.7 MB

Project Abstract 103 KB

Major Outcomes:

  • Link PAsecureID and PIMS to Early Childhood Data Collection.
  • Implement eTranscripts and Electronic Student Record Exchange.
  • Continue Expansion of PIMS to Public Postsecondary Institutions.
  • Assign Unique Staff Identifier to PK-12 Non-Certified Professional and Paraprofessional Staff and Teacher’s Aides.
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2006 Grant Application

Pennsylvania Information Management System (PIMS)

Start Date: 3/1/2006
End Date: 2/28/2010

Amount Awarded: $4,008,875

Project Application 8.8 MB

Project Abstract 119 KB

Major Outcomes:

Systems Components
  • Unique state id.
  • Enterprise data architecture: statewide unique student record management system that will fulfill the data standards managed in the metadata facility.
  • Security and personalization: develop a SIF-enabled learning resource exchange. Assessment results will be managed in the data warehouse with reliable links to the state's academic standards and will enable future exchange of learning objects.
  • Vertical reporting: vertical reporting system that would replace all current data collections.
  • Data warehouse/marts: design and develop an initial data warehouse with data marts optimized to the four target audiences [Org Profiles, Class/Student Profiles, Research Access, EDEN Federal Report].
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WDQI Grant Application

Project Application 303 KB