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Concurrent Session X Presentations

Thursday, February 16, 2012
4:00 - 5:00

X–A: Swimming in Data? Its More Like "Drowning in Data!"

Kathryn ODell and Kathleen Barfield, REL Southwest at Edvance Research
Michael Archibique, New Mexico Public Education Department
Barbara Clements, ESP Solutions Group

    While the plan to have each state education agency design and implement its own statewide longitudinal data collection and reporting system, many states and districts continue creating and maintaining disparate data repository silos in order to satisfy individual reporting needs. Furthermore, depending on the reporting requirements, there are many data collections that collect the same information redundantly instead of once. To complicate the matter, while national data element standards are being streamlined, states and districts continue maintaining their own data standards. So, are states and districts swimming in data? In some, if not many cases, it is more like "drowning in data." This session's presenters share over 30 years of experience working with large and small state agencies that range from the most technically advanced urban to the very rural school districts—all to help them tackle the problem of no longer drowning in data but being able to successfully swim with their data. The presenters share their lessons learned, best practice scenarios, and most relevant experiences, as well as their process for streamlining a state's or district's data repository systems. (Cancelled)

X–B: Online Resources That Increase Student Achievement Based in a Fully SIF Environment

George Araya, Angelica Martinez, Sally Adams, and Cynthia Furr, Desert Sands Unified School District (California)

    This session provides examples of technology tools used in the success of low income students in their performance. Additionally, it provides the understanding of online assessment-score-redirect instruction-parent communication, and the online tools available for students, teachers, and parents for academic enhancement. Based on a seamless Student Interoperability Framework (SIF) integration, this session discusses and provides examples of technology tools that are in place to help teachers effectively manage large class sizes and provide teachers and students resources for individualization of instruction. Resources are triggered by the scoring of the assessments of homework that needs to be mastered.

X–C: REALWORLD Kansas Revisited: Where Postsecondary Faculty Use State-Level Applications to Foster Data Use Skill Development

Kateri Grillot, Kansas State Department of Education

    The Kansas State Department of Education created the REALWORLD System, which makes available state-level applications for postsecondary faculty to use in pre-service instruction. In this session, Kansas shares the outcomes of the initial release of the REALWORLD System from the first universities to use the system in pre-service administrator coursework. Additionally, a brief tour of the REALWORLD System is shared as well as a preview of the next steps for the REALWORLD System.

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X–D: Maturity Check—Getting Understanding and Direction for Data Quality

Pamela Hinman, Joseph Rabenstine, and Darla Marburger, U.S. Department of Education

    Adopting a comprehensive system of data quality improvement can be overwhelming when one considers its many components. Attend this session to learn about the development of the EDFacts Quality Improvement Program (EQuIP) and how a data quality maturity assessment can be used to create a strategy for developing, implementing, and advancing your education agencys data quality improvement system.

X–E: Nebraska's Approach to Matching Third-Party Student Data

Christopher Cassel, Eva Shepherd, and Matt Hastings, Nebraska Department of Education

    Anticipating a future filled with opportunities and requirements to match department data with third-party data, the Nebraska Department of Education (NDE) sought a consistent yet configurable process to match student-level data with data from various sources. The approach NDE developed using Microsoft Fuzzy Lookup Transformation has proven effective, flexible, and scalable. This presentation describes this matching process and how it was used to support the Direct Certification and Verification Matching System project for Nutrition Services. An evaluation of the results and lessons learned is also discussed.

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X–F: A History of and a Path Forward for the K12 Standards Movement in a P20 World Schools Interoperability Framework (SIF) and the Common Education Data Standards (CEDS) Movement

Larry Fruth and Jill Abbott, SIF Association
Alex Jackl, Choice Solutions, Inc.

    Fifteen years ago, a few school districts in the Midwest brought together a few of their vendors with the charge that they have to allow them to "enter data once and use it many times." With that charge, the Schools Interoperability Framework (SIF) Community was born, developing the first PK12 focused interoperable specification for the marketplace—an agreed "technical blueprint." The data standard landscape has exploded. Navigating your way through Common Core Standards (CCS), Common Education Data Standards (CEDS), Schools Interoperability Framework (SIF) and others proves challenging. This session outlines the progression of educational technical standards and connects the dots to the various data initiatives going on today, including the "hot topic" areas of assessment lifecycles, need trends, and data for the new assessment systems that are currently being developed.

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X–G: Common Core of Data (CCD) and EDFacts, Moving Forward

Marie Stetser, National Center for Education Statistics
Rachel Sutcliffe, U.S. Department of Education
Jeff Little, U.S. Census Bureau

    Currently, the NCES Common Core of Data (CCD) is collected, edited, and reported in a series of discrete processes in discrete systems. Data are uploaded to the EDFacts system from states, transferred to NCES servers where they go through a cleaning process involving NCES, the U.S. Census Bureau, and other NCES contractors, and then are published on the Web for public use in several file formats and static reports. The U.S. Department of Education is developing an enterprise system with the goal to increase timeliness, accuracy, and consistent reporting of CCD data to the public. This presentation outlines the current process, identifies inefficiencies and shortfalls in that process, and explains how the enterprise solution will remedy those inadequacies.

X–H: Data at My Fingertips, Now What Do I Do?

Ross Santy, U.S. Department of Education
Nancy Smith, DataSmith Solutions
Laurie Collins, Mizuni, Inc.

    With the growing emphasis in education to use data identifying students at risk of dropping out, underperforming on core subjects, and in need of personal learning plans, teachers are being asked and/or required to use sophisticated software and data analysis tools. It is our contention and experience that while generally teachers can use the tools if training is provided, they may not have a good understanding of how to recognize and interpret the data they are presented. New teacher preparation programs are starting to address this critical missing piece of the data puzzle. However, there is a need for a change in the current methodologies used in preparing new teachers to use and understand the data. Join this presentation to hear what programs our research has uncovered and explore what is still missing that needs to be addressed to use data to improve instruction and student outcomes. (Cancelled)

X–I: Dimensional Modeling for a Statewide Longitudinal Data System (SLDS)

Matthew Danzuso and Dean Reineke, Ohio Department of Education
Laura Reeves, StarSoft Solutions, Inc.

    The Ohio Department of Education, in partnership with the Ohio Board of Regents, is expanding its existing data warehouse environment to encompass data from pre-school through college. This is an extension of the statewide longitudinal data system to take the collected data and make it available for analysis. The resulting dimensional data warehouse will help the agency with reporting and accountability and is also geared to support the education research community.