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Concurrent Session VII Presentations

Thursday, February 24, 2011
11:15 - 12:15

VII–A: Finding the Right Shoes to Race to the Top

Sharon Harper, Bradley County Schools (Tennessee)
Bill Gunther, Ed-Interact™, Inc.

    As Tennessee "races to the top," it has been the responsibility of each district to find the right "shoes" to help teachers become more effective in the classroom. Bradley County Schools has employed out-of-the-box thinking in its approach to analyzing data. Through the implementation of creative scheduling and the utilization of a comprehensive at-risk detection program, Bradley County teachers have positioned themselves to increase academic achievement, improve the graduation rate, and enhance teacher effectiveness. This session will focus on the "shoes" that can help districts propel forward in their race to the top.

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VII–B: "Texas School Ready:" Building a Statewide Quality Preschool Program Through Systematic Change

Susan Landry
The Children's Learning Institute, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

    The Texas School Ready (TSR) program was first implemented through Texas legislation in 2003 with 200 classrooms with the goal of bringing public school Pre-K, Head Start, and subsidized child care together in integrated partnerships to serve low-income children with similar high-quality programs. Guided by numerous randomized studies, a professional development model was developed based on providing teachers in all Pre-K settings with a set of comprehensive instructional resources that was shown to predict the best teacher instructional behaviors and child school readiness outcomes. Over 80,000 children in approximately 4,000 classrooms across Texas are receiving the TSR program this school year.

VII–C: Ohio's American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) 1512 Reporting

Matthew Danzuso and Erika Farfan, Ohio Department of Education

    This session will focus on the method that Ohio uses to collect all data required for American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) 1512 reporting. It will also discuss how that data is verified, managed, and maintained within the Ohio Department of Education. This session will also present how Ohio took an off-the-shelf survey application and modified and customized it to collect the data it needs for over 1,100 local education agencies four times a year.

VII–D: Statewide Implementations for Student Success

Bruce Dacey, Delaware Department of Education
Kurt Springs and Stephanie Gladfelter, SunGard Public Sector's K-12 Education

    This presentation will highlight the state-wide implementations currently in place in Delaware for data integrity, data consistency, and improved reporting; and in the state of New Hampshire, for analyzing student performance to improve student achievement. The goal of this presentation will be to effectively present the benefits of statewide implementations for state education agencies. Included in this presentation will be real-world examples from one of the architects of Delaware's statewide implementation, Bruce Dacey, Delaware Department of Education.

VII–E: The NCES American Community Survey (ACS) School District Tabulation: The Beginning of Comprehensive Annually Updated Demographic Data

Laura Nixon, U.S. Census Bureau

    The American Community Survey (ACS) is a nationwide survey from the U.S. Census Bureau designed to provide communities and school districts with annually updated demographic, social, economic, and housing data annually. The NCES ACS school district custom tabulation provides the largest set of annually updated demographics for school-age children available from the ACS, and it offers a wealth of information for school planners, researchers, and program administrators. Prior ACS tabulations provided data for a limited set of large school districts, but 2010 is the first tabulation that provides data for districts of all sizes. This presentation reviews the ACS survey, explains the unique content available from the NCES custom tabulation, and demonstrates how these data can be used to support demographic analyses within and between states.

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VII–F: Washington State Student Record Exchange

Greg Beck and Robin Munson
Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

    Washington State is implementing a secure statewide tool that enables districts to obtain information about transfer students in real time. Designed as a solution to provide just-in-time data to districts attempting to register a transfer student from another district rather than waiting for the physical transfer of student records, Washington State has developed a tool that enables districts to conduct a data search throughout the state for a student's records. If a student's records are located, the registering district can view demographic information, course schedules, transcripts, program information, and enrollment history for that student.

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VII–G: Montana Uses Integrated System to Collect Student and Special Education Data Statewide

Sara Loewen, Montana Office of Public Instruction

    In this session, the Montana Office of Public Instruction (OPI) will share how it uses a single integrated statewide data collection system and special education management tool from Infinite Campus. This statewide system lets the OPI assign unique student identifiers through a statewide student locator while providing electronic transfer of student records (including Individualized Education Programs) between districts and promotes compliance with state and federal reporting requirements. Data verification and enrollment overlap reports ensure data quality prior to submission deadlines. These workflow efficiencies and the flexibility of the system have improved the data collection process.

VII–H: Techniques for Data Profiling

Pam Hinman, U.S. Department of Education
Darla Marburger and Joe Rabenstine, Claraview

    Data profiling is a general set of techniques to examine data to determine whether or not those data are consistent and meet the expectations that users have for them. We will demonstrate the standard data profiling techniques that we have employed during the proof-of-concept phase of EQuIP. The DataFlux dfPower Studio product will be used to present a "how-to" of these techniques.

VII–I: Civil Rights Data: Meeting the Data Needs of Stakeholders While Analyzing Process to Improve Data Value and Reduce Respondent Burden

Rebecca Fitch, U.S. Department of Education
Mark Blevins, AEM Corporation

    Come hear about the Office for Civil Rights' (OCR's) new emphasis on data usage. The Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC) collects district- and school-level data directly from local education agencies and makes this information available to federal and state agencies, individual districts, researchers, advocacy groups, and the general public. OCR is actively engaging its stakeholders to specifically meet their needs through timely provision of CRDC data, development of custom reports, and enhancement of data access processes, while simultaneously analyzing alternative collection processes to reduce respondent burden and enhance the value and quality of CRDC data.