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Concurrent Session IV Presentations

Wednesday, February 15, 2012
3:00 - 4:00

IV–A: Beyond Collaboration—Implementing SharePoint 2010 as a Platform for Data Use

Amy Fong and Greg Scull, Fiscal Crisis and Management Assistance Team/California School Information Services

    Time to market and ease of maintenance can be issues for delivering data use and collaboration solutions for state administrators, district staff, parents, researchers, and other key stakeholders. Learn about our agile software development practices, architecture, and innovations in using SharePoint 2010 as a platform to quickly deliver services and applications. We leverage it as an integrated solution with out-of-the-box features and flexible deployment capabilities to quickly deliver single sign-on and user management for collaboration sites, redesign of the site, launch of the Statewide Accountability Report Card application, design for mobile use, and integration with legacy systems.

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IV–B: Performance Based Data Management Initiative (PBDMI) to EDFacts—Crossroads and Milestones

Ross Santy and Barbara Timm, U.S. Department of Education

    The efforts to improve the collection of state elementary and secondary education data had a long history of false starts and frustration before it became successful. In this session, two of the original staff of the Performance Based Data Management Initiative review the challenges, events, and decisions that shaped the system, policies, and processes that are now used by the U.S. Department of Education in the collection and use of elementary and secondary education information. Staff identify the critical factors for success that they have learned over the last ten years of this federal-state work collaboration and discuss applicability of these factors in the design and development of all large-scale education information systems in the states. (Cancelled)

IV–C: Data Quality...What's That and Who Does It?

Bobbi Stettner-Eaton, Pamela Hinman, and Darla Marburger, U.S. Department of Education

    As education agencies expand their roles as data collectors to data consumers, greater attention must be paid to the quality of data. Defining data quality is a fundamental step in developing an agencywide data quality improvement system. Join us as we share how the EDFacts Data Governance Board is defining data quality and how the maturity of data governance and a data quality improvement system will improve data quality over time.

IV–D: It's More Than "Just Use It": State and Local Data Teams

Alan Coulter and Jane Nell Luster, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center

    Schools are awash in data and educators know they should be using it. However, the skills and knowledge required to use data to significantly improve results in special education are poorly organized and infrequently implemented. Linkages between state and local roles in data use to improve performance is only beginning to be clarified. This presentation highlights recent efforts in six states to build state and local data teams that are integrated with state performance plans. These state-local partnerships vary in important ways that suggest sustainable structures can be developed and expanded to affect future program and student performance. An advanced organizer for viewing current local data use will be offered to participants.

IV–E: Free Help: State Support Team Technical Assistance Services

Corey Chatis, State Support Team
Jay Pennington, Iowa Department of Education
Jan Petro, Colorado Department of Education

    The Statewide Longitudinal Data Systems (SLDS) State Support Team (SST) is developing a core set of services to address some of the most common challenges faced by states in their SLDS efforts. In this session, SST members provide an overview of the free services available to states, and state staff from Colorado and Iowa will discuss their experiences working with the SST on data governance and stakeholder outreach efforts.

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IV–F: The Navajo Nation Education Information System (NEIS): Moving With Technology to Improve Navajo Education

Brent Nelson and Wendy Greyeyes, Navajo Nation Department of Dinè Education

    This session addresses the Navajo Nation's endeavor to develop a unique student information system, Navajo Education Information System (NEIS). The NEIS will house all student information of the Navajo Nation to make informed, data-driven decisions to improve the quality of education on the Navajo Nation. This presentation highlights the challenges faced and the achievements made towards this goal.

IV–G: U.S. Census Bureau Inputs to the Title I Allocation Program

Wesley Basel and Amel Toukabri, U.S. Census Bureau

    For the Title I allocation process directed by NCES, the U.S. Census Bureau provides two of the primary inputs: school-age poverty at the school district level and biannual updates to the school district inventory and boundaries. This session gives an overview of both programs: the Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates program for poverty and the School District Review Program for boundaries. In addition, improvements to the poverty methodology over the past year and, in particular, the integration of decennial 2010 and other recently available data will be discussed.

IV–H: Santa Ana Unified School District: Data Dashboards—Supporting Student Success Through the Use of Early Warning Indicators and a Data Warehouse

Alexandra Ito, Ricardo Enz, and Mobashir Mohammad, Santa Ana Unified School District (California)
Daysie Kratz, eScholar LLC

    Research and emerging practices in districts throughout the country support the use of early warning data indicators to predict and ultimately improve student outcomes. With the aim of supporting student success in high school graduation and college and career readiness, Santa Ana Unified School District (SAUSD) is implementing an "early warning" system using predictive data. This presentation provides a descriptive account of SAUSD's experience in implementing the early warning system, including developing the "early warning" data indicators, the integration of an eScholar data warehouse with Oracle business intelligence, the development of the data dashboard, and related professional development activities.

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IV–I: Common Education Data Standards (CEDS) Tools to Facilitate Alignment and Utilization

Beth Young, Quality Information Partners, Inc.
Jim Campbell and Hector Tello, AEM Corporation

    This session takes an in-depth look at how education stakeholders can utilize the available resources of the Common Education Data Standard (CEDS) Data Model and Data Alignment Tool to interact with CEDS in their specific environment. Participants will learn about the Data Dictionary Comparison Tool, which allows users to upload data dictionaries and compare the definitions and focuses of collection with other users. They will also learn about the CEDS Policy Use Generator tool, which allows the user to see a catalog of existing policy questions from others and easily adopt and adapt these questions for their own use.

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