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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 V

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

V-A Look Like a Hero: Tools You Can Create to Help Users Examine, Understand, and Apply Data
  Pattie Johnson, Western Oregon University
John Hunter and Bruce Bull, Education Data - Services and Information Systems

This presentation will demonstrate a collaboration model that collects, verifies, analyzes, and reports data in a way that drives state, district, and student improvement. Both data input and output tools will be described and demonstrated including multiple validation strategies and a system to help users submit "error free" data; an interactive graphic and table tool containing 17 years of data for districts to explore trends; and an online secure reporting and self-analysis system using attractive displays and information tools to drive district self-analysis, summarize monitoring data, and populate annual local education agency (LEA) improvement plans.

These automated data tools have saved considerable time and fiscal resources at both the state education agency and LEA level. Moreover, they have helped the LEAs become more focused and effective in their improvement processes.


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V-B Curriculum Diagnostic Benchmarks: One District's Story
  Tam Jones and Greg Gibson, Crowley Independent School District, TX

In an effort to determine which students are experiencing academic difficulty at the earliest sign of need, Crowley Independent School District has incorporated a data management and warehouse tool that enables teachers to get immediate feedback on district curriculum assessments. Such formative "benchmark" assessments allow teachers to pinpoint areas of student difficulty IN REAL TIME so classroom interventions can begin immediately. Come and learn what this district of approximately 14,000 has done in just 14 months!!

V-C Successful Implementation from Kick-Off to Sign-Off
  Tom Ogle and Leigh Ann Grant-Engle,
Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
Bob McGrath, Pennsylvania Department of Education
Glynn Ligon, ESP Solutions Group

State education agencies (SEAs) face risks when implementing large-scale projects. In order to mitigate and avoid risk, Missouri and Pennsylvania have teamed with ESP Solutions Group to design and implement statewide data collection and reporting systems. Both systems support better data-driven decision making. Both provide states and districts with improved tools, access to higher quality data, and minimized data collection burden. This session will discuss the risks that SEAs face when implementing such large-scale projects and will provide useful insight from the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, the Pennsylvania Department of Education, and ESP Solutions Group into the planning and project management that allow SEAs to structure their implementations for success.


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V-D Got Data? Get Results. Using Assessment Data to Drive Instruction
  Cyndi Saunders, Howard Middle School
Marion County Public Schools, FL

This session will begin with a discussion on the challenges administrators face in gathering and analyzing student data for district, school, grade, and individual student performance trends. It will conclude with an illustration of how one district is utilizing data-mining applications and decision support systems in its effort to help administrators and teachers analyze assessment and performance data, guide instructional decisions, and help to improve student outcomes.

V-E The Whole is Greater Than the Sum of the Parts: Taking a Systemic Approach to Designing, Funding, and Implementing Data Systems
  Tim Magner, Council of Chief State School Officers

Council of Chief State School Officers staff will provide an overview of a systemic approach to evaluating existing data system elements and determining need. The speakers will discuss the technical, organizational, and personnel components that must be integrated in a systemic approach; how frameworks such as the one published in the Institute of Education Sciences grant application can guide planning for major data system initiatives; and how to leverage the framework process as a structure for implementing data systems.


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V-F SIF Implementation at the District Level from the Beginning—A Work in Progress
  Tracy Oliver, Naperville School District 203, IL
Jason Wrage, Integrity Technology Solutions

During this presentation, we will discuss the decision making process to use Schools Interoperability Framework (SIF) as a means for data communication from its inception to its current configuration. Planning, budgeting, mapping, and integration will be the focus of this discussion. SIF agents, Zone Integration Servers, configuration, and software selection will be included in the discussion.

You are invited to hear how the processes have been enhanced using a third party integrator rather than tackling the project on their own as well as seeing the data flow between the student information system and other associated software. Ultimately the data arrives in a data warehouse solution. Naperville School District 203 is a suburban district outside Chicago which currently has 14 elementary schools, 5 junior high schools, and 2 high schools in a district with a student population of approximately 19,000.

V-G Introduction to EDFacts: The Use of EDEN Data
  Ross Santy and Gerald Kehr, U.S. Department of Education

A number of data analysis and presentation tools have been developed for the Education Data Exchange Network (EDEN) team and U.S. Department of Education program managers. A new contract has been awarded to operate, maintain, enhance, and institutionalize EDEN. In this session we will discuss how the EDEN data and data analysis tools will support the work of federal elementary and secondary education program managers and analysts.


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