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Concurrent Session V Presentations

Wednesday, February 23, 2011
4:15 - 5:15

V–A: Building a Comprehensive Data System: From Classroom to Nation

Laurel Ballard and Meredith Bickell, Wyoming Department of Education
Alex Jackl, Council of Chief State School Officers

    With all the work that has been happening and all the talk generated around state longitudinal data systems, it is critical to keep in mind the purpose of these systems. The presenters will discuss using a data system to support classroom-level learning and federal reporting.

V–B: Using the Longitudinal Databases for State and Federal Reporting: A Texas Model

Gabriela Borcoman, Texas Education Agency

    Federal laws like Perkins IV and Workforce Investment Act (WIA) require states to report program outcomes, including enrollment in higher education and employment. Texas Labor Code requires students in public education and training programs to be followed in higher education and employment through Automated Student and Adult Learner Follow-Up System. To fulfill those requirements, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) performs matches between K-12 records provided by the Texas Education Agency, higher education records from THECB, and unemployment insurance (UI) wage records provided by the Texas Workforce Commission. This presentation will show how these three databases work together to illustrate students' behavior.

V–C: Jumping From the Legacy Aggregate Collection Frying Pan to the Monthly Unit Record Collection Fire

Joyce Popp, Idaho State Department of Education
Steve King, ESP Solutions Group

    Idaho has been collecting data via old, aggregated, segmented FoxPro applications. Over the past year, the Idaho Department of Education implemented a very robust individual student and staff data collection process. Districts are responsible for providing information, on a monthly basis regarding student demographics, attendance, student course enrollment, staff assignments, and much more. The new system allows the tracking of students to teachers and of students to current courses enrolled during any given period of time. Not only is the state collecting this data, but it also has a new teacher ID system and implemented applications that allow the information to flow directly back into the classroom, including a student's standardized test scores. This session will share the experiences, good and bad, regarding making this leap quickly.

V–D: Unburdening the Local Education Agency (LEA): Comprehensive Statewide Data Collection and Management

Jim Addy, Iowa Department of Education

    The Iowa Department of Education is moving forward with a visionary, innovative interoperability system for automating the collection and distribution of student data (including unique IDs). The future system will simultaneously reduce the data flow burden on the local education agency while meeting the requirements for several "America Competes" elements. Join Jim Addy of the Iowa Department of Education as he discusses how Iowa's comprehensive data collection solution will enable real-time student ID distribution, automated and manual data collection (with validation), and student record exchange—providing up-to-the-minute statewide student records management.

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V–E: Data Quality Challenges When Implementing Classroom Value-Added Models

Christopher Thorn, Sara Kraemer, and Jeff Watson; University of Wisconsin-Madison, Wisconsin Center for Education Research

    The presenters will explore several of the core challenges around supporting teacher/classroom-level value-added models. They will cite current research and development work in the areas of error rates in student-teacher-subject linkage, student-teacher assignment, and the challenges of reporting in this complex space.

V–F: Workshop: Effectively Linking Teacher and Student Data: It's About Governance (Part II)

Paige Kowalski, Data Quality Campaign
Kathy Gosa, Kansas State Department of Education
Rob Curtin, Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
Rick Rozzelle and Nancy Wilson, CELT Corporation

    In this workshop, participants will learn how to integrate the design and use of a teacher-student data link into new and continuing efforts to support state policymakers' education agendas. Whether or not your state has federal funding or is experiencing leadership changes, state education agencies must develop the means to effectively link teacher and student data and must determine how to build or leverage a governance structure to support this critical effort. This interactive session will provide states the tools and information they need to establish a structure of stakeholders in their state that will support and guide this work.

V–G: Puerto Rico EDFacts Publications: Building the New Analytics Platform for the Puerto Rico Department of Education

Janet De Jesus-Cancel, Julio Fuentes-Burgos, and Gilbert Perez-Hernandez, Puerto Rico Department Education

    The Puerto Rico Department of Education is building a performance management strategy. One of the key elements for success is the publication of data and results to the public. The first initiative is the Puerto Rico EDFacts website. This is a tool that will provide accountability, transparency, and efficiency by publishing the EDFacts data. The public (parents, teachers, and researchers) will be able to analyze the data in various levels of details, from state to region, district, and school levels. This initiative will provide our community the tools to see and analyze our data so we can work together to develop effective strategies to improve our services to our children.

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V–H: Expanding Access to Federally Reported Data

Melanie Muenzer and Ross Santy, U.S. Department of Education

    The U.S. Department of Education is committed to making federally reported data on websites and other interfaces more accessible, transparent, and useful to state and local education agencies and the public, while concurrently safeguarding personally identifiable information. We will discuss new data sharing and public data initiatives at the Department, and policy initiatives aimed at strengthening cross-functional governance and coordination.

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V–I: Across State Lines—Accelerating Statewide Longitudinal Data Systems (SLDS) Progress by Working Together

Lori Fey, Michael & Susan Dell Foundation
Dan Domagala, Colordao Department of Education
James Wilson, Louisiana Department of Education

    The compounding pressures of timelines, American Recovery and Reinvestment Act reporting commitments, budgets, and urgent data needs of the field are requiring states to look for high-quality, cost-effective ways to accelerate progress. In this session, Chief Information Officers from Colorado and Louisiana will share their approach to collaborating and specific lessons that have helped their statewide longitudinal data systems (SLDS) projects save time and money while delivering the educators' needs for timely, actionable data.