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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 IX

Thursday, February 23, 2006

IX-B How to Reduce Special Education Paperwork
  Paris Adon and David Cranford, Options Public Charter School, DC

Special Education paperwork has and continues to be a burdensome process for all special education instructors, aides, and related service staff. Accessing existing software will allow you to diminish paperwork and sustain all of your special education data. This workshop will provide inventive strategies, using technology, on how to use programs you can access to reduce your paperwork. This workshop will also show you how Microsoft Excel and Adobe Reader 6.0 allow you to tabulate data, ensure compliance, maintain records, and keep track of service providers.

IX-C Building the SIF Highway: Construction Notes from South Carolina and Wyoming
  John Woller and Vince Meyer, Wyoming Department of Education
Susan Bell, South Carolina Department of Education
Greg Nadeau and Alex Jackl, ESP Solutions Group

South Carolina was the first true statewide Schools Interoperability Framework (SIF) deployment and Wyoming is becoming the most comprehensive statewide SIF deployment. Both states have teamed with ESP Solutions Group to design and implement their statewide data collection and reporting systems. This discussion will include the project leaders and systems architects sharing lessons learned, repeatable solution elements, and a top ten list of things NOT to do when a state deploys SIF. This presentation will also discuss the specifics of SIF Student Locator and Vertical Reporting implementations including the cost of start-up, data preparation, and roll-out versus technology cost.

IX-D How to Write Winning Grants for Your Organization (Part I)
  Raymond Yeagley, Northwest Evaluation Association

Your grant application doesn't have to be perfect, just better than the others. In this interactive session, you'll explore ways to pack more content into fewer words, be certain that review panelists don't miss essential, point-generating elements, and incorporate a principle learned by great chefs in their first class - presentation is as important as flavor. Content focus will be on clearly communicating that your proposal is responsive, worthwhile, feasible, and cost-effective. You'll also take home a free grant writing toolkit that is guaranteed to be worth every penny!

The presenter will offer a second hour for interested participants that will simulate a grant review process, and let them experience how their applications will be evaluated. It is possible that one or two actual grant applications or portions (foundation or other non-federal funding source only) may be reviewed during this time. If you wish to have a review of an application in process, contact Raymond Yeagley to see if yours will qualify.

IX-E The Common Core of Data (CCD) Nonfiscal Surveys: Data Usage and New Developments
  John Sietsema, National Center for Education Statistics
Jennifer Sable and Ben Dalton, American Institutes for Research

The CCD survey system collects (from state education agencies) nonfiscal and fiscal data annually on all public elementary and secondary schools and districts. This session will give an overview of the CCD nonfiscal surveys, stressing the value of these data to state and local education providers; note some recent changes in survey and data file content; and review the web tools for accessing CCD data. Issues to be discussed include student counts by race/ethnicity, locale codes for schools and districts, and the impact of state item nonresponse on national data.


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IX-F Schools Interoperability Framework: Data Quality = Data Integrity
Larry Fruth, Schools Interoperability Framework Association
Laurie Collins, Schools Interoperability Framework Association
Jill Hanson, Administrative Assistants
Barbara Clements, ESP Solutions Group
Judi Barnett, Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit

Business processes, change management, and data quality all go hand in hand to create data with integrity. As districts and states take up the task of horizontal and vertical implementations of the Schools Interoperability Framework Specification, a greater understanding of the current state of their data is achieved.

We will host an in-depth panel discussion about the frank appraisal of the current state of our data. We will address important data quality needs that have been identified, ideas that have worked for others, and an assessment of the directions we need to take to ensure the maximum value in the data we are reporting.

IX-G Educators Helping Educators: A Demonstration of an Educator Developed Data-Driven Assessment System
  Sean Mulvenon and Denise Airola, University of Arkansas

A 21st century challenge for educators and administrators is to identify effective tools that support their efforts to improve student achievement. The National Office for Research on Measurement and Evaluation Systems (NORMES) has developed numerous state, district, and school-based online performance evaluation systems. The "drill-down" functionality of the system was designed by educators and adapted to meet their specific instructional needs. This presentation will provide a real time demonstration of how educators, from the classroom to the district office, can use these tools to evaluate student achievement, complete program evaluations, and meet the assessment challenges of No Child Left Behind.