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22nd Annual MIS Conference 2009

Demonstration Descriptions

TeachTown Computer-Assisted Instruction and Automated Data Collection and Reporting
Eric Dashen, Christina Whalen, and Manya Vaupel, Jigsaw Learning

    TeachTown is a computer-assisted intervention designed for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, language, and cognitive delays. The program features over 500 computer lessons, automated data collection and reporting, and a system for storing and sharing session notes. The program also includes naturalistic generalization activities. Their innovative data collection and reporting system offers detailed and pragmatic reporting for each student, classroom, school, district, state, or for all users. Reports show progress, usage patterns, and allow administrators to quickly assess the effectiveness of TeachTown. A demo of the program was presented along with many reporting examples and research data from TeachTown.

ESP Solutions Group—Extraordinary Insight
Dr. Glynn D. Ligon, ESP Solutions Group

    ESP Solutions Group is solely focused on improving the quality of education data within local and state education agencies. Their team is comprised of education experts who pioneered the concept of "data-driven decision making" (D3M) and use it to help optimize the management of our clients' information. They have advised all 52 state-level education agencies and the U.S. Department of Education on the practice of PK-12 school data management for state and Federal reporting. They are the leading experts in, and provide extraordinary insight into, the data and technology implications of No Child Left Behind (NCLB), EDFacts, and the Schools Interoperability Framework (SIF).

eScholar—Helping Education Agencies Support Pre-K Through 20
Daysie Kratz and Shawn Bay, eScholar, LLC

    Are you using social security numbers (SSNs) to identify students or staff? Are you trying to analyze data from pre-school through higher education and beyond? Attendees found out how eScholar's suite of products can assist your organization in implementing a comprehensive longitudinal data system spanning pre-K through 20. Attendees learned why the eScholar Complete Data Warehouse® system is the leading statewide data warehouse solution, supporting the collection and integration of comprehensive data across K-12 and now higher education/postsecondary as well as career and technical education. Attendees saw a demonstration of eScholar Uniq-ID®, the most widely-used unique identification application implemented statewide in nine states, nationally by the U.S. Department of Education's Migrant Office, and globally by the U.S. Department of Defense Education Activity. Attendees spoke with staff on education data management best practices, Education Data Exchange Network (EDEN), and Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP). eScholar is the premiere provider of proven, scalable education data management solutions, serving 11 state education agencies and supporting over 11 million students.

Claraview—Improving Education Through Data Solutions
David Grattan, Darla Marburger, and Glenn Facey, Claraview

    Attendees saw why education agencies rely on Claraview to transform disparate data practices into a robust data system. Claraview puts actionable information in the hands of education stakeholders, helping them take informed action to improve the quality of learning for each student. Claraview can deliver your longitudinal data and decision support systems by building upon your existing infrastructure or starting from scratch. Claraview's proven track record of building first-in-class longitudinal education data systems brings together extensive data warehouse/decision support system capability, hands-on Education Data Exchange Network (EDEN)/EDFacts experience, and proven P-20 education subject matter expertise.

Hupp Information Technologies
Dean Hupp, Michelle Hupp, and Candy Taylor, Hupp Information Technologies

    Hupp Information Technologies specializes in the enterprise software needs of governmental education organizations. Attendees saw a demonstration of their single sign on, certification, special education, and highly qualified teacher systems.

Implementation of SharePoint for New Mexico Public Education Department
Joel Nudi, Minerva Carrera, and Brian Salter, New Mexico Public Education Department

    The New Mexico Public Education Department (PED) presented on the installation of Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) in order to provide easy access to School and District No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Data and other relevant sites for district-level administrators and PED agency personnel. This system will ease the data entry processes and will enable review of longitudinal data for over 300,000 students across the state. It will also bring other benefits of SharePoint to New Mexico, including easy content management, document management, surveys and to create a "connected learning community."

All the Data—All the Time
Gay Sherman, Aziz Elia, and Michelle Elia, CPSI, Ltd.

    CPSI has developed the State Data Manager, a Schools Interoperability Framework (SIF)-based system that allows real time or nearly real time collection of data or "All the Data—All the Time." CPSI staff answered questions about data collection rules, data validation and cleansing for improved district level reporting. They showed attendees how core data will be collected from the district systems and sent to the state, and how the District Data Manager can be tied to the state system.

Certica Solutions' K-12 Data Certification Software
Jeff Averick, Certica Solutions

    Certify™ software provides online, school-targeted Data Certification Scorecards which allow school districts to review and address data issues well before a data submission deadline. By providing an alert system to district departments and schools, Certify maximizes the time available to remedy data problems, as well as to improve districts' performance, including alerts on drop-out rate, teacher certification, student discipline and class size.

Infinite Campus: The Reality of Statewide Data Collection
Joe Fox, Infinite Campus

    The reality of collecting data and making it count is the ability to collect data statewide at the source—in the classroom. States need a dependable data collection system to gather current, accurate data. The system should support the collection of data from disparate district-level systems and adapt to whatever changes may arise in the future. Infinite Campus is the data collection system that South Dakota, Montana, Kentucky, Maine and the Bureau of Indian Education use in very different ways to collect accountability data. Attendees stopped by this demonstration for an overview of the Infinite Campus State Edition, and saw how it is unlike any other data collection system available on the market today.

Synthesizing Data From all Pivot-Points in the Educational System: New Technology From SynapticMash Driving Systemic Achievement Improvements
Ramona Pierson, Carol Taylor Cann, Doug Roberts, and Ron Kiser, SynapticMash, LLC

    SynapticMash's LearningQube platform "mashes" existing tasks, data-points, and workflows together to provide easy access to all the real-time information educators need to improve student achievement and close the achievement gap. LearningQube uses a fully customizeable widget-based data dashboard to provide state and district leaders with information about where and how students are struggling, areas in which teachers need professional development, and the effectiveness of existing instructional initiatives and programs. The LearningQube platform is an enterprise level platform, synthesizing data across diverse legacy data systems and scaling across multiple districts and to the state, enabling data to follow a student, group of students, or groups of schools longitudinally. Attendees learned how the SynapticMash team, led by former state and district Chief Information Officers, might help them revolutionize how their district or state leverages data to improve achievement outcomes.

Electronic Transcripts
Mark Johnson, National Transcript Center

    Electronic student record and transcript systems are key components of a longitudinal data system, and the National Transcript Center (NTC) product is the tool actively being used to exchange student records throughout many schools, including those in California, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wyoming. NTC improves the efficiency, reliability, cost, and security of student records and transcript exchange. The NTC network allows PK-20 education institutions to communicate with the secure NTC server using the open standard of their choice.