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21st Annual MIS Conference 2008

Demonstration Descriptions

CORE-ECS™ at the 21st Annual Management Information Systems (MIS) Conference
Tiffany Tooley, Bob Ginn, Willie McIntosh, and Kevin Hendrix, CORE-ECS

    CORE-ECS™ specializes in offering innovative customized solutions and services to empower educational administrators in making the critical decisions affecting today's educational communities. A trusted adviser to states and school districts since 1993, CORE-ECS™ is unsurpassed at building lasting partnerships that support administrators in successfully managing the nine key issues surrounding today's schools: accountability, student assessment, organizational communications, curriculum development, grants and financial management, operations, professional development, safety and security, and student information.

Data Integration with CPSI
Aziz Elia, Michelle Elia, and Gay Sherman, Computer Power Solutions of Illinois

    This demonstration showed differences and similarities using the Schools Interoperability Framework (SIF) specification for both horizontal and vertical data integration. 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 is 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 were discussed, as well as what you need to do to start your SIF data integration project.

Electronic Transcripts
Patrick McDonald and Mark Johnson, National Transcript Center

    Electronic student record and transcript systems are key components of a longitudinal data system, and the National Transcript Center's (NTC) product is the tool actively being used to exchange student records throughout many schools, including Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wyoming. NTC improves the efficiency, reliability, cost, and security of student record and transcript exchange. The NTC network allows PK-20 education institutions to communicate with the secure NTC server using the open standard of their choice.

eScholar: Expand Knowledge—Improve the Future
Ronald Streeter, Shawn Bay, Wolf Boehme, and Andrea Palumbo, eScholar

    eScholar provides the leading data warehouse for K-12 education used by seven states and the leading statewide student identification system used by nine states and the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Migrant Education.

ESP Solutions Group
Anne-Marie Hart and Glynn Ligon, ESP Solutions Group

    ESP Solutions Group is a PK-12 data consulting and technology firm specializing in education data systems and psychometrics. Our team is comprised of education experts who pioneered the concept of Data-Driven Decision Making (D3M) and now help optimize the management of our clients' state and local education agencies' information. 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. We are regarded as leading experts in understanding the data and technology implications of the No Child Left Behind Act, Education Data Exchange Network, and Schools Interoperability Framework.

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, Ohio, and Wyoming, are successfully employing SIF solutions from Edustructures. Edustructures' demonstration showed the methodologies and solutions used by states to enhance the education process.

Infinite Campus: The Reality of Statewide Data Collection
Joe Fox and Kim Schroeder, Infinite Campus

    The reality of collecting data and making it count is the ability to collect data statewide at the source-in the classroom. States need a dependable data collection system to gather current, accurate data. The system should support the collection of data from disparate district-level systems and adapt to whatever changes may arise in the future.

    Infinite Campus is the data collection system that five states now rely on to collect student data in very unique ways.

K-12 Data Certification Using Certify Software
Jeffrey Averick and Mark Rankovic, Certica Solutions

    State and local education agencies use Certica Solutions' software to certify the quality of education data collections. Certify™ allows education agencies to automatically detect and view the sources of data quality problems, such as missing data, incomplete data, corrupted data, or misunderstood rules. The software provides data quality metrics and an online, detailed data quality report card, so schools, districts, and state personnel can easily review and correct data errors. Real examples from selected local education agency data quality programs were demonstrated.

Making NCLB Data Collection and Reporting Easier
Joe Cayen, James Gibson, and Eric Polichuk, Cayen Systems

    Supplemental educational services, school choice, and after-school programs require districts and states to collect large volumes of data to determine student participation and program effectiveness, and to generate required reports. Cayen Systems is the industry leader in No Child Left Behind (NCLB) web-based software for data collection. Our systems are being used in 42 states by NCLB programs to reduce the work involved in the collection of crucial data while at the same time increasing accuracy and accountability. Participation data are more accurate with our electronic scanning options, including our new finger scanning system. Cayen Systems showed how to simplify NCLB program and data management.

Space-Time Research
Karen Cholak, Space-Time Research

    No Child Left Behind has imposed data management, analysis, and reporting requirements on educational organizations. As a leader in Self-Service Business Intelligence, Space-Time Research assists such organizations in combining complex educational data and the power of ad hoc analytics and visualization via interfaces appropriate for administrators, teachers, parents, and students. Specifically, our SuperSTAR software is designed to be easy, fast, secure, and error-free.

    For more information, please visit our website.

StepUp: A Tool to Optimize Student Achievement
Faith Connolly and Tony Askew, Naviance

    StepUp proposes to help students in self exploration activities-conversations about who they are, how they learn, what they want to accomplish as adults, and what they need to do to get there. It is a powerful tool that complements student information systems. StepUp is developed to support students, parents, school counselors, principals, and administrators. Some data examples are (1) proactive data on student career interests, learning styles, and progress towards graduation starting as early as Grade 6, and (2) unique data for a data warehouse, such as the percent of seniors who submitted at least one application/scholarship (and dollars) to college.

Streamline IT Asset Management and Incident Management Using the Internet
Nick Mirisis,

    America's educational administrators are facing one of the most daunting challenges in history—how to provide quality educational facilities and learning environments while facing a tremendous financial crisis. The percentage of U.S. public school classrooms that are connected to the Internet has grown from 27 percent to more than 90 percent. Over $18.64 billion has been spent on computer equipment and peripherals since 1998; however, the staff to maintain this technology has not increased as quickly as the equipment has proliferated. This rapid investment in IT infrastructure now requires educational institutions to master asset management for IT assets without staffing increases. This demonstration showed how the Internet can help you streamline your IT asset management and incident management challenges.