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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 XI

Friday, February 24, 2006

XI-A Helping Educators Use Data Effectively (Part I)
  Irene Spero, Consortium for School Networking

This workshop will be interactive and dynamic starting by setting the current educational context. Participants will then divide into small groups to identify a problem currently faced in their school or district; indicate the types of data they will need to make a decision; work towards an implementation plan, identifying barriers encountered and successful implementation strategies; and report out discussion.

Findings will be posted on CoSN's Data-driven Decision Making Initiative site,

XI-C TIMS Aid in Katrina Disaster Recovery
  Roscoe Henry and Dorothy Holloway, Mississippi Department of Education

TIMS is not a person, it is Mississippi's Statewide Textbook Inventory Management System (TIMS). It was developed to give districts the ability to manage their textbook inventory online. As a centralized data collection resource, TIMS was instrumental in Hurricane Katrina's disaster recovery process for Mississippi Schools. While coastal districts may have lost buildings and books, with its three subsystems, TIMS provided a record of inventory for recovery. Schools were able to go to the statewide system and account for their textbook losses. In addition, schools with damaged books were able to inquire and place orders against a statewide textbook surplus.

XI-D The U.S. Census Bureau's Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates (SAIPE) Program: An Overview of the Estimates Production and School District Boundary Review Program (Part I)
  David Waddington, Craig Cruse, Patricia Ream, Ryan Short, and Ian Millett, U.S. Census Bureau

As directed under the No Child Left Behind Act, the U.S. Census Bureau produces model-based estimates of poverty and population for use in allocating education funds. The multifaceted production process includes production of estimates at the state, county, and school district levels as well as a biennial update of district boundaries. This two-part presentation will provide an overview on how the model-based estimates that are used in Title I allocations are developed and how the geographic updates are made. The second hour of this session will be devoted to assisting participants with district specific questions about the estimates and boundaries updates.

XI-E Live and Unplugged-Reporting Finance Data Using the NCES Web Collection Site
  Eunice Ave and Duane Cavanaugh, U.S. Census Bureau

The Common Core of Data National Public Education Financial Survey (NPEFS), has a new interface with extensive options for submitting and analyzing the data in the states. We will demonstrate how to load and analyze the data using the expanded interactive programs. These programs will eliminate the need for resubmitting NPEFS data and will ensure the timely resolution of problem data.

XI-F Schools Interoperability Framework: "SIF It to Me"—The Down and Dirty of Vertical Integration via SIF
Steve Curtis, Edustructures
Vince Paredes, ESP Solutions Group

Bethann Canada and Peter Coleman, Virginia Department of Education
Tom Olson, South Carolina Department of Education
Barbara Roewe, Oklahoma Department of Education
Alex Jackl, ESP Solutions Group

The Schools Interoperability Framework (SIF) Specification is beginning to be utilized at a statewide level to increase data interoperability among districts and the state. State education agencies are recognizing that use of the SIF data standards and tools holds the promise that more timely and accurate information can be realized.

Our expert panelists from states along with their districts/divisions will present their experiences with the vertical implementation of SIF. They will share challenges, lessons learned, tips and tricks on getting it right, and next steps.

Featured states will include Virginia's SIF pilot kick-off results, South Carolina's total statewide implementation, Oklahoma's Wave Project, and the Wyoming Integrated Statewide Education Data System Project.

XI-G EDEN—From a Federal Program Office Perspective
  Ross Santy, Louis Danielson, Ruth Ryder, Zollie Stevenson, and Jeanette Lim, U.S. Department of Education

Program data experts from the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) and the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE) have been working closely with the Education Data Exchange Network (EDEN) team to develop methodologies to transition from multiple program collections to a shared agency data collection and usage process. They will discuss the process that was followed, the lessons learned, the current status of this collaborative effort, and the expectations for the future use of EDEN instead of separate program office collections.


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