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NCES Winter Forum and 19th Annual Management Information Systems Conference, 2006 (MIS 2006): Let the Sun Shine on Your Data

Concurrent Session III

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

III-A Data Quality Campaign: What's Been Done and What's Ahead
  Nancy Smith, National Center for Educational Accountability

The Data Quality Campaign is a new, exciting venture bringing together lots of very different organizations to work on data quality issues in education. This presentation will provide a short overview of the campaign and will then focus on activities to date (publications, surveys, and conversations with policymakers) and discuss activities that are planned for the next couple of years (for example, case studies, resource notebooks, and toolkits). We also want to hear what you need the campaign to do for you in your states and districts.


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III-B Moving Beyond "That's the Way We've Always Done It"
  Lisa Pullaro, Mid-Hudson Regional Information Center

When the New York State Education Department announced new data warehousing and reporting initiatives, school districts began to recognize that they could no longer approach their data collection and maintenance processes with a "business as usual" attitude. They needed to reevaluate, and in many cases, modify their existing practices. With an emphasis on data quality, accuracy, and consistency, their processes in all areas and management systems needed to be reviewed to determine if "the way they've always done it" was appropriate. This session will highlight what the new initiatives really mean for school districts, the challenges they face, what changes they need to make in order to comply with and to implement the new state requirements, and the benefits they can realize.


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III-C Data Standards Challenges in a Data Warehouse Implementation
  Curt Schnase, Nebraska Department of Education
Alan Hartwig, Deloitte Consulting

The Nebraska Department of Education is in the pilot phase of the implementation of the Nebraska Student and Staff Record System, a system that will collect detailed student and staff data for analysis and reporting purposes. This presentation will discuss the challenges in implementing a complex data warehouse, including collecting data, developing standard data definitions, developing data standards, creating data management procedures, and implementing a metadata solution.


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III-D Employment: The Ultimate Outcome Measure
  Jeff Sellers and Jay Pfeiffer, Florida Department of Education

The Florida Education and Training Placement Information Program is a data collection and consumer reporting system established to provide placement and follow-up information on education and workforce development participants in the State of Florida after they exit the system. This session will describe the system and data sources used in order to describe civilian and federal employment and earnings, continuing education experiences, military service, and other administrative databases that help answer state and federal accountability issues.

III-E A K-12 Course Code Taxonomy
  Denise Bradby and Rosio Bugarin, MPR Associates
Lee Hoffman, National Center for Education Statistics

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) has contracted MPR to develop a course code taxonomy for use by school districts and states in assigning codes to courses and for the transfer of student course data from one school to another. Additionally, NCES and other federal agencies could use the taxonomy when examining student transcripts within such programs as the National Assessment of Educational Progress and the National Education Longitudinal Study. The presenters will discuss the taxonomy for high schools as well as address recent work in developing course descriptions for non-secondary (K-8) grades.

III-F Resources to Alleviate Data Requests
  Elizabeth Fowlkes, Standard and Poor's

Since 2003, Standard and Poor's School Evaluation Services (SES) has provided objective, independent analysis of school and school district data across the nation. SES works closely with states to obtain and analyze education data. One of the frustrations most commonly expressed by states with regards to data collection is the volume of these requests made to the state. Standard and Poor's can help alleviate this burden through printable reports and data download features available on Participants will come away understanding a suite of tools that will meet many of the needs of those requesting data from the state, ultimately reducing the burden of data requests.


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III-G Summary Report on the Civil Rights Data Collection in EDEN
  Barbara Timm and Ted Andreasian, U.S. Department of Education

Over the past year (2005) the Civil Rights Data Collection (E&SS 101 and 102 for 2004) was conducted using the Education Data Exchange Network (EDEN) Survey Tool. Some state-provided elementary and secondary data were extracted from the EDEN data repository to supply some districts and schools with some pre-populated data. This session will describe the process, lessons learned, and final status of the civil rights data collection effort. The presenters will also discuss strategies to reduce the burden and improve the timeliness and quality of the data collected in 2006-2007.


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