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Concurrent Session VI Presentations

Thursday, February 24, 2011
10:00 - 11:00

VI–A: Teacher-Student Data Link in Data Models From Transactional Systems to the Data Warehouse

Laura Sonn, Data Quality Campaign
Cody Decker, Arkansas Department of Education
Jim Goodell, CELT Corporation

    The presenters will examine how the teacher-student data link (TSDL) may be represented in various data models: operational/transactional systems, interoperability models (such as P-20 State Core), and data warehouse. Different uses of the TSDL have different implications for how and how often the data is collected, verified, stored, and presented. Audience participation is encouraged around each state's uses for the link and definitions for "teacher of record" and "contributing educators." The discussion will inform a proposed reference model adaptable to state-specific needs. Finally, the presenters will introduce a conceptual draft capability maturity model for roster verification for participant feedback.

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VI–B: Texas Student Data System: A New Era for Data Management and Use

Brian Rawson, Melody Parrish, Roger Waak, and Sharon Gaston; Texas Education Agency

    The Texas Student Data System is a statewide initiative to provide a state-sponsored student information system as well as a district-facing education data warehouse with dashboards and useful reports at the teacher, campus, and district levels. The state-sponsored student information system realizes Texas' goal of alleviating the data collection burden on school districts and improving data quality. This presentation will provide the most up-to-date information on this project.

VI–C: Leveraging Technology Toward EDEN Compliance

Kristen DeSalvatore, New York State Education Department
Mark Kaczmarek, Western New York Regional Information Center
Lyssa Morris, eScholar LLC

    The 2008-09 reporting year was the first year the New York State Education Department (NYSED) was successful in submitting all required EDFacts files to the U.S. Department of Education. In addition, New York was one of the timeliest states in the nation to do so. This was a major accomplishment for NYSED. This session will focus on the technology, process, and discipline employed by NYSED to achieve this milestone. It will also address plans NYSED has for the future use of technology to manage EDFacts compliance. Roles of NYSED, the Western New York Regional Information Center (RIC), and eScholar will be discussed. Learn what challenges NYSED and its partners tackled as they worked toward this dramatic improvement in EDEN/EDFacts compliance.

VI–D: No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Report Card Automated Production and Verification

Randolph Thomas and James Richardson, U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Education
Shadd Schutte, Choice Solutions, Inc.

    The U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI) Department of Education, in partnership with Choice Solutions, developed a No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Report application that provides for automated data verification, drill down, and approval process prior to releasing the public NCLB reports. The application uses data from the source to apply the appropriate USVI Accountability Workbook rules and formulas to provide a visual presentation of the NCLB accountability indicators for review by the school principals, the district superintendents, and the state administration for review and validation prior to public release.

VI–E: Production and Application of Common Core of Data (CCD) School Locale Assignments

Doug Geverdt, U.S. Census Bureau

    This presentation discusses the production and application of geographic locale assignments for CCD data and Rural Education Achievement Program (REAP) eligibility. It begins with a brief overview of locale definitions and criteria but primarily focuses on how locale codes are assigned and what conditions may cause them to change over time. This discussion may be particularly useful for those with questions about geographic requirements for REAP eligibility or for those interested in using geographic indicators for research or program administration.

VI–F: REALWORLD Kansas: Where Pre-Service School and District Administrators Get Real About Managing and Using Education Data

Kateri Grillot and Kathy Gosa, Kansas State Department of Education

    Professors of postsecondary pre-service programs, as well as superintendents, principals, and other school administrators, have shared with Kansas State Department of Education the challenges they face because their preparation programs currently do not include hands-on experience regarding education data management and use. To address this need, Kansas created a REALWORLD System, which makes available state-level applications for pre-service training. An overview of the project will be shared, including Kansas' approach to building an environment that replicates state reporting and adheres to Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) while providing a rich set of data to foster skill development.

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VI–G: Best Practices in Research and Stakeholder Collaboration

Deborah Jonas, Virginia Department of Education
Paul McGowan, Center for Innovative Technology

    In developing the statewide longitudinal data system (SLDS), Virginia has involved stakeholders as advisors on a topical basis. Virginia has worked with the Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) to engage stakeholders and outside experts to support the state's efforts to embed best practices for data collection, storage, and use and to identify solutions that will support program success. The Virginia Department of Education and CIT will outline stakeholder management and the development of new SLDS capabilities. This session will explain Virginia's approach towards teacher-student data linking, teacher evaluation measures, growth measure development, and technology choices; and it will outline how Virginia balances stakeholder requirements and best practice research.

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VI–H: Improving EDFacts Reporting Systems and Processes Within State Education Agencies

Deborah Newby, U.S. Department of Education
Ernie Huff, Arkansas Department of Education
Peggy Corazza, Alaska Department of Education and Early Development

    The U.S. Department of Education has awarded a third and final year of task orders for improving EDFacts reporting systems and processes within state education agencies (SEAs). This session will present an overview of activities underway in SEAs to improve their data systems and reporting; and it will highlight efforts in two states.

VI–I: Longitudinal Data Systems Focus Groups

    This is a chance to talk with your colleagues about a variety of issues surrounding the development, maintenance, and use of longitudinal data systems. Join a table with a particular topic, or suggest your own.