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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 VII

Thursday, February 23, 2006

VII-A Data Activities in the ED OCIO
  Ron Luycx, U.S. Department of Education

The U.S. Department of Education (ED)'s Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) is collaborating with Program Offices and stakeholders to develop an Enterprise Data Strategy (EDS). The EDS will provide the framework necessary to allow ED to standardize data and processes and integrate data internally and externally with its stakeholders and other federal agencies. The EDS work products provide the enterprise data management, data architecture, governance process, and action plan as the foundation for this goal. The framework will also allow ED to look at its data from a wider, PreK-20 perspective. The Enterprise Data Strategy (EDS) is facilitated by a number of initiatives. These include an EDS Action Plan, the Data/XML Steering Committee (DXSC), the Enterprise Architecture (EA) Repository, the future ED XML Registry and Repository, the new ED Enterprise Data Warehouse (EDW) initiatives, and external initiatives. The EDS Action Plan will provide the Department with a transition plan from AS-IS to TO-BE Enterprise Data Architecture and Data Management. The DXSC is currently supporting Department-wide data modeling, data standardization and integration development and planning. The results of the DXSC efforts and recommendations will be reflected in the EA Repository and the ED XML Registry and Repository. The EDW initiative will facilitate enterprise reporting and enterprise analytic functions throughout the Department and will capitalize on the achievements of the overall EDS.


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VII-B Proactively Monitoring Proposed Federal Data Collections
  Sonya Edwards, California Department of Education
Sherrill Martinez, Kansas State Department of Education
Steve King, ESP Solutions Group

Did you know that all proposed federal data collections must go through a formal public review and comment process? Several states have recently influenced the direction of proposed data collections including the Consolidated State Performance Report, race/ethnicity categories and the Education Data Exchange Network (EDEN). You too can make a difference. If you're interested in knowing where to find proposed data collections and how to effectively comment on proposed collections, this presentation is for you.

VII-C Using Data to Promote Safe and Drug-Free Schools: Integrating State and Federal Data Management Efforts
  Maria Worthen, U.S. Department of Education
Kathleen Gosa, Kansas State Department of Education
Lorraine Allen, Florida Department of Education

This workshop will provide an overview of the Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools' strategy for improving data on youth drug use and violence. The following questions will be addressed: (1) Why is drug and violence data important for effective prevention programming? (2) What are the challenges to collecting valid, useful data? (3) What are the Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools and the states doing to improve the collection and use of youth drug use and violence data?

Particular focus will be given to the Grants to States to Improve Management of Drug and Violence Prevention Programs and the Uniform Data Set initiative.


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VII-D The Value of Data Systems to School Districts
  Tammy Gathright, Corpus Christi Independent School District, TX

In this presentation, a description will be given of the specific analyses Corpus Christi Independent School District conducted and the results they obtained from their data systems in support of decisions about instruction.

VII-E Geographic Visualization and Analysis of Education Data Assets with GIS
  Tai Phan, National Center for Education Statistics
Chuck Roberts, George Dailey, and Tosia Shall, ESRI
Greg Davis, Davis Demographics and Planning

Intrinsic to education data collected and researched is geography. Factors such as Adequate Yearly Progress, participation rates, teacher certification, funding and grants, and ultimately student achievement all carry with them a "where": state, district, school building, local residence, and community. This spatial dimension is the realm of geographic information systems (GIS). These tools and procedures provide powerful visualization and analysis-supporting better decision making.

This presentation offers an introduction to GIS and its uses in education administration and research. More importantly, it provides GIS demonstrations focused on national, state, and local education data.

VII-F Schools Interoperability Framework: 2.0 and Beyond…
  Larry Fruth, Mark Reichert, and Laurie Collins
Schools Interoperability Framework Association
Vince Paredes, ESP Solutions Group

To meet No Child Left Behind requirements and the increasing demands of timely information access and expectations of parents, staff, and students, the Schools Interoperability Framework (SIF) Implementation Specification is designed to support the exchange of data between systems to ensure accurate data exchanges and ease of integration.

The SIF Implementation Specification Version 2.0 is just around the corner. Join us as we present the exciting changes and added functionality that will be included in this newest version of the specification. We will explain where the SIF Association is headed beyond 2.0 in the expansive pK-12 data space, as we engage the education community and leverage partnerships with existing standards bodies. A preview of other SIF sessions at the conference will be provided.

  Ken Gu, Rhode Island Department of Education
Ken Barbour, North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

The preferred option for submitting elementary and secondary education data to the Education Data Exchange Network (EDEN) is through XML. This session will review and clarify the EDEN XML file specifications and suggest innovative strategies to streamline the state submission of data to EDEN. Those states contemplating using XML in the submission of EDEN data are invited to join those states currently using XML.


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