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Concurrent Session II Presentations

Wednesday, February 23, 2011
11:30 - 12:30

II–A: Common Education Data Standards (CEDS) Technical Working Group Update—Version 1 and 2 of the Standards

Stuart Kerachsky, National Center for Education Statistics
Patsy Eiland, Alabama State Department of Education
David Weinberger, Yonkers Public Schools (New York)
Beth Young, Quality Information Partners, Inc.

    NCES is working with key stakeholders to develop standards for a core set of data elements to ensure that data shared across institutions are consistent and comparable. The Common Education Data Standards (CEDS) Initiative's goals to date have focused on identifying a list of key K-12 and postsecondary transition variables, code sets, and technical specifications. The CEDS's Technical Working Group includes participants from state education agencies, local education agencies, higher education, associations, and the U.S. Department of Education. This session will provide a detailed overview of how the Version 1 standards were developed and of the work currently being done on the Version 2 standards.

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II–B: Texas Public Education Information Resource (TPEIR) and LoneStar Web Reports

Nina Taylor, Texas Education Agency

    This presentation will showcase the Texas Public Education Information Resource (TPEIR) and LoneStar web reports on the Texas Education Agency's website. There will also be a discussion of the types of data currently in these systems and new data that are being added as part of the statewide longitudinal data systems grants.

II–C: Taming the SIS Beast: Seven States Define "Universal"

Jim Campbell, SIF Association

    This session will look at the collective work being done by California, Massachusetts, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Virginia, and Wyoming around the definition of a Universal State Data Profile for Student Information Systems (SIS). Building on the Schools Interoperability Framework (SIF) Implementation Specification, these states are working to bring the quality of interoperable SIS applications to a new level not only for their individual state data collections but also for the day-to-day business processes of their local education agencies.

II–D: Automating Oklahoma Teacher Licensure

Patti High and Jeff Smith, Oklahoma State Department of Education
Dean Hupp, Hupp Information Technologies

    Oklahoma implemented a new web-based teacher licensing system called the Oklahoma Educator Credentialing System (OECS). The presenters will share their best practices and lessons learned that have enabled Oklahoma's licensure staff to experience its first summer without required overtime. Join us to view the numerous automated features of this .Net system, including online applications and renewals, recommendations from colleges of education, scanning of documents, credit card payments, verification of required testing, felony checks, and more.

II–E: School District Demographics System Map Viewer Update 2011

Tai Phan, National Center for Education Statistics
Brendan Collins, Blueraster

    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 Interactive Map Viewer. The session will also briefly discuss some of the technology used in constructing the website, including ESRI ArcGIS Server Flex API.

II–F: Data-Based Decisionmaking: A Portal to Achievement

Cindy Helmers, Bloomington Public Schools (Illinois)
Dave Moravec, Integrity Schools

    Data-driven decisionmaking is vital in tracking student achievement, providing the capacity to target and identify individual student needs, and collecting the information needed for resource allocation. The more educators know about each student, the more focused the learning can be to the needs of that student. The idea of putting data in the hands of teachers can be a reality. Who can better affect learning in the classroom than the person interacting with the students daily? This session will focus on how three school districts have been able to affect achievement by giving their staff virtually unlimited access to student information, assessment results, and classroom-level reporting solutions.

II–G: The Evolution of Data Governance in Washington State

Bill Huennekens, Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction
Allen Miedema, Northshore School District (Washington State)

    The essential notion behind establishing a data governance system is that decisions are only as good as the data on which they are based. As the Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction transforms data into information to facilitate wise decisionmaking, users and managers of K-12 data need a clear understanding of data definitions, data and process ownership and authority, accountability, security, and reporting needs and requirements, as well as the processes and timelines around each. A well-designed data governance system is essential to gaining these understandings. This session will explore the evolution of data governance in Washington State.

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II–H: Overview of State Education Information Management Capacities

Patrick Sherrill, U.S. Department of Education
Ross Lemke, AEM Corporation

    The Performance Information Management Service (PIMS) is working with NCES to compile a growing wealth of information about the management of education data systems in the states and the impact on federal data reporting. This project is working towards building comprehensive documentation on state education information systems, including using outside sources to inform the discussion. As part of this effort, the PIMS/AEM Team has visited several states to collect information on state education information system capacities and to provide technical support for EDFacts. Come to this session to learn about best practices and lessons learned thus far.

II–I: Introducing the Privacy Technical Assistance Center (PTAC)

Emily Anthony, National Center for Education Statistics
Baron Rodriguez, AEM Corporation
Anthony Bargar, Engineering Systems Solutions
Tom Szuba, Quality Information Partners, Inc.

    The U.S. Department of Education has launched its new Privacy Technical Assistance Center (PTAC). PTAC is a "one-stop" resource center for state education agencies, local education agencies, the postsecondary community, and other parties engaged in building and using education databases. Its role is to provide timely and accurate information and guidance about data privacy, confidentiality, and security issues and practices in education and closely related fields; to disseminate this information to the field and the public; and to provide technical assistance to key stakeholders. Come to this session to learn more about how your state can leverage PTAC resources.