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22nd Annual MIS Conference 2009

Concurrent Session VI Presentations

Thursday, February 19, 2009
10:00 - 11:00

VI–B SIF Getting the Biggest Bang for Your Buck
Bethann Canada, Virginia Department of Education
Jason Wrage, Integrity Schools
Larry Fruth, Schools Interoperability Framework Association
    Are you getting the biggest bang for your buck out of utilizing the Schools Interoperability Framework (SIF) Specifications? How can you determine the return on investment (ROI) you may see before you begin implementing SIF? Attendees joined presenters as they looked at the ROI Calculator to see what they can gain in time, data quality and cost savings by implementing an interoperable solution. They looked at this through the lens of both local education agencies (LEAs) and state education agencies (SEAs) as they look for solutions to save money while getting the most out of their investments.

Sessions in Schools Interoperability Framework (SIF) track:

VI–C Great Expectations
Lynda Byrd-Poller, Williamsburg-James City County Public Schools (Virginia)
    "The most important reason for collecting discipline, crime and violence data is to use the information to promote school safety and student learning" (Virginia Department of Education 2008). This session demonstrated how using discipline data can effectively change the school environment. This session provided the research knowledge on the theory and practice related to the development and preservation of safe school environments. The presentation focused on a program initiative that, when implemented, will set a school environment that is conducive to learning and is safe for staff and students.

Sessions in Data Use/Data Standards track:

VI–E Collecting and Reporting NCLB Assessment Data
Bobbi Stettner-Eaton and Kelly Worthington, U.S. Department of Education
Dan Domagala, Colorado Department of Education

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Sessions in EDFacts track:

VI–G Oregon's Regional Partnership Longitudinal Data System
Baron Rodriguez, Oregon Department of Education
Charles Breithaupt, Versifit Technologies
    Oregon is leveraging the use of regional data warehouse capacity to build a sustainable data exchange partnership by employing a common data schema. Attendees saw how the Oregon Department of Education, six regional local education data centers, and Versifit Technologies are building a sustainable approach to achieve data quality, improve reporting, expedited data collection, and provide better tools to educational practitioners across the state.

Sessions in Longitudinal Data Systems (LDS) track:

VI–H Public vs. Private Sector Leadership—Why Is It So Hard To Get Things Done?
Donald Houde, Arizona Department of Education
    For years the private sector has successfully developed and sustained enterprise data driven decision making support systems. Why does the public sector, especially in the education space, experience so many challenges in achieving similar goals? In this session participants had an opportunity to collectively discuss many of the not-so-subtle differentiating attributes of providing quality executive leadership in the public sector versus the private sector.

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Sessions in Other track:

VI–I Improving Student Achievement and Decision-Making With Data
Karl Nelson, Digital Learning Commons
    Attendees learned how the Digital Learning Commons (DLC) uses data in decision-making, strategic planning, and as a tool to improve student achievement in member schools across Washington State. The DLC is a non-profit organization that provides online educational materials, online courses, tools, and training. The DLC makes use of data collected via extensive internal systems as well as regular external evaluations and research projects. This session explained how the DLC collects and uses the data to improve both the organization and schools within the state.

Sessions in Washington State track: