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20th Annual MIS Conference 2007

Demonstration Descriptions

Certifying Education Data Collections
James Marlow and James Lair, The Center for Data Quality

    State education agencies and districts use Center for Data Quality (C4DQ) Certify software to analyze, verify, and certify the quality of data collections. C4DQ Certify allows education agencies to pinpoint and view the sources of data quality problems, such as missing data, incomplete data, corrupted data, or misunderstood business rules. The software provides data quality metrics and customizable trend reports, so data owners, data stewards, and data administrators can observe data quality improvements over time. Real examples of K–12 data from selected data quality programs will be demonstrated.

DigitalSAMS: A New Paradigm for Transparent Access to Student Data
Jack Perkins, DigitalBridge

    Today's education world places unprecedented demands on our teachers-demands that take precious time away from instructing students. Teachers need real-time access to individual student assessment and achievement information, and to the tools that allow them to act on that information immediately.

    Developed in partnership with Iron County School District in southern Utah, DigitalSAMS is an Internet-based tool that brings point and click simplicity to teachers and administrators for real-time, data-driven decisionmaking. DigitalSAMS' unique, XML-based Portable Student Packet™ supports a dynamic student growth model, even when the student is highly mobile.

Enterprises Computing Services (ECS), Inc.
Dave Peeples, Dennis Wallace, Barbara Milam, Shekhar Iyer, Tiffany Tooley, and Mike Mann Enterprises Computing Services, Inc.

    Educational technology solutions available for utilization at state and district levels will be presented. These include Schools Interoperability Framework certified data warehousing, analysis, and ad hoc reporting solutions, as well as several web-based applications used by educational systems in managing student assessment test results, special education Part B and C processing and compliance, student identification, and reporting requirements for adequate yearly progress and No Child Left Behind. Enterprises Computing Servidces' financial data collection applications, used by states in managing education budgets with increased efficiency, will also be presented and available for discussion.


eScholar: Expand Knowledge—Improve the Future
Shawn Bay, Wolf Boehme, and Ron Streeter, eScholar

    eScholar provides a data warehouse for K–12 education and a statewide student identification system. Stop by our table and speak with our product managers about the following eScholar products: eScholar Complete Data Warehouse™ licensed to 1,476 school districts nationwide, including four State Education Agencies; eScholar Uniq-ID™ System used to assign unique student record identifiers in nine states and soon to be used by the U.S. Department of Education Office of Migrant Education for the Migrant Student Information Exchange; eScholar VISTA Reporting™, provides easy, Internet-based access to data for district staff; eScholar Data Management System™, is a web-based application that allows users to easily load, manage, and verify data; eScholar RADAR™, a web-based audit system that reviews data being stored in a data warehouse; eScholar PICS™, a web-based application that assigns a unique record identifier to education staff members.

ESP Solutions Group
Anne Marie Hart, ESP Solutions Group

    ESP is solely dedicated to improving data management in PK–12 education. It provides products and services for state education agencies in mission-critical areas such as data management, data collection and exchange, data analysis, and data reporting.

    ESP personnel have advised all 52 education agencies as well as the U.S. Department of Education on the practice of PK–12 school data management for state and federal reporting. They are regarded as experts in understanding the data and technology implications of the No Child Left Behind Act, Education Data Exchange Network (EDEN/EDFacts), and the Schools Interoperability Framework. Stop by our table to learn about new products and services!

How to Automate State Data Collection,
Unique Student Identification, and Data Warehouse Integration

Sandra Richards and Greg Hill, Edustructures

    Increasingly, states and districts thinking about state reporting, unique student identification, and data warehouse integration are relying on the Schools Interoperability Framework (SIF). The SIF vertical reporting, student locator, and application integration frameworks are reliable and cost-effective. Several state departments of education such as South Carolina, Virginia, Utah, and Wyoming are successfully employing SIF solutions from Edustructures. At the Edustructures table, we will demonstrate the methodologies and solutions used by states to enhance the education process.

Hupp Information Technologies
Dean Hupp, Hupp Information Technologies

    The company that specializes in education solutions will be demonstrating its solutions for certification, highly qualified teachers, and special education due process, mediation, and complaints. These solutions leverage Hupp Information Technologies' 20 years of experience in the education market.


Introduction to the Educational Information Management System (EIMS)
Kris Herakovich and Sean Palmer, Pearson Educational Measurement

    This demonstration will show curriculum specialists, principals and teachers a data-driven decisionmaking tool which enables them to quickly assess areas of weakness in their instructional programs, based on assessment data. State-, division-, school-, teacher-, and student-level data will be analyzed to highlight standards in which students are not being successful. Data in this system may also be used to assess adequate yearly progress performance, comparing performance in up to three subgroups. In addition, the EIMS program allows teachers to assess student performance in their classroom, based on reporting categories. We hope you'll find time to stop by and see a user friendly tool that will save time and ensure greater success for teachers, and ultimately students.

Is Your Data Integration Vertical or Horizontal?
Gay Sherman, Aziz Elia, and Michelle Elia
Computer Power Solutions of Illinois

    This demonstration defines the differences in horizontal and vertical data integration using the School Interoperability Framework (SIF) specification. As states begin using SIF as a standard for reporting, school districts are facing a new set of decisions to make regarding data integration. What's the difference between horizontal and vertical integration? When do you need a zone integration server? Where do you put the SIF agents? Examples of horizontal and vertical implementations will be discussed and what you need to do start your SIF data integration project.

NCES Handbooks Online Demostration Table
Nzinga Damali-Cathie, Council of Chief State School Officers Benjamin Shapiro, KForce Government Solutions Beth Young, Quality Information Partners

    Version 4.0 of the National Center for Education Statistics Handbooks Online is currently available and development of version 5.0 is underway. The Handbooks Online provide guidance on consistency in data definitions and maintenance of education data, so that such data can be accurately aggregated and analyzed. In an effort to encourage more states to use the handbooks, NCES has developed a state customization tool. State personnel will be able to use the customization tool to build a data dictionary by adding to, deleting from, and editing the NCES data elements and option sets. The tool offers the advantages of a built-in foundation of data elements and options sets; state control of the content update schedule; and a well-defined database hierarchy. This demonstration table will be available for meeting participants to come by and get a demonstration of how to use the features of the new customization tool.


Real-Time Student Data Transfer: The End of State Reporting
Charlie Kratsch, Infinite Campus, Inc.

    This demonstration will show how states can collect and manage student information in real-time virtually eliminating district-level reporting. The benefits of this innovative approach include automatic unique student ID assignment, district-to-district student record transfer, statewide student data warehousing, real-time data analysis and streamlined No Child Left Behind report card generation.
Roger Young, Association of School Business Officials International

    This demonstration will provide additional information about ITAMDirect and how this software solution will enable individual school districts and state departments of education to track Information Technology Assets with ease and little cost.

Eric Burd, Andy Torgeson, and Alvin Crawford, SchoolNet

    The ability to achieve extraordinary results begins with the ability to break down district data silos-and to create a singular, unified, Instructional Data Warehouse that powers data-driven decisionmaking and data-driven instruction.

    SchoolNet's data integration capabilities, tools, and services extract data from your existing systems or warehouses and put it at your fingertips. Data are put into an immediately actionable format for quick and effective use in assessing performance and individualizing instruction.

    Your data are the raw materials of enhanced student and teacher proficiency, reduced achievement gaps, and accelerated success. But extracting and optimizing data is the "heavy hauling" of data-driven decisionmaking.

Statewide Data Systems
Willie McIntosh and Rick Whitehead, Third Day Solutions

    Third Day Solutions, with the help of CanDoEDU, shows it has developed a data tracking and receiving system that is tailored to the specific state/district educational departments' needs and objectives. Not only has this system been developed, but a unique combination of assessment tools have been developed as well to enhance the package. This has also been reinforced with a strong recovery disaster tool for safeguarding all reports and files.