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STATS-DC 2008 NCES Data Conference

Demonstration Descriptions

Claraview's K–12 Reporting Solutions
David Grattan, Darla Marburger, and Deepika Kumar, Claraview, Inc

    Presenters demonstrated Claraview Education Analytics Maturity Model to support SEAs in building a Strategic Data System Roadmap. Additionally, Claraview demoed their K-12 education reporting solutions—robust analytical reporting that helps educators at every venue make data-based decisions.  Claraview is a full-service consulting firm that brings together proven K-20 education expertise and industry experience in data integration, data warehousing, business intelligence, and management methods.  States choose Claraview to build their first-in-class education data systems, and to leverage its experience in helping the U.S. Department of Education build EDFacts and the Education Data Exchange Network (EDEN).
Amanda Miller, Council of Chief State School Officers, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, provides the public with free high-quality state/district/school level education data.

StepUp: A Tool to View the Whole Child
Faith Connolly and Tony Askew, Naviance, Inc.

    Students need to be engaged in their learning. They need to be planning for life after graduation and what will define success for them. That requires schools to work with adolescents in self-exploration and discovery to determine careers, college majors, or other goals which can be used to develop a long-term plan. Teachers, counselors, principals, and parents can use this information to motivate students. StepUp is a tool that acquires and analyzes data to allow districts to act to reduce dropouts, increase rigor, and better prepare students for success in the 21st century.

New Perspectives on Education Data with GIS
George Dailey, Chuck Roberts, and Former Governor Jim Geringer, ESRI
Michael Lippman, Blue Raster LLC
Maggie Daley and Bill Bates, Tele Atlas

    This demonstration provided a venue for detailed individual discussions with attendees about the content covered in the Education Data through a Geographic Lens and the "Deeper into Data and Geographic Scope: National, State, and Local Insights" presentations (II-F, III-F and IV-F). Attendees learned especially more about the geographic aspects of the many education data sets they utilize and how these data sets can be linked with other information such as community demographics.

The Reality of Statewide Data Collection
Joe Fox, Infinite Campus

    The reality of collecting data and making them 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. They need to collect data from disparate systems and adapt to whatever changes may arise in the future. Infinite Campus is the data collection system that four states rely on to collect student data in very unique ways. This demonstration provided an overview and showed how it is unlike any other data collection system available on the market today.

Powering Longitudinal Data Systems With SIF
Sandra Richards, Greg Hill, and Steve Curtis, Edustructures

    A key success factor for longitudinal data solutions is the ability to get high-quality data from the Local Education Agencies to the State Education Agency, focusing exclusively on the repository-side of the longitudinal data equation while learning the value of the integration-side of the solution.

    Edustructures offers the most advanced statewide Vertical Reporting integration infrastructure currently available.  Our SIFWorks® Student Locator Framework™ and SIF Works Vertical Reporting Framework deliver solutions that allow SEAs to effectively manage their integration, identification and reporting needs.

    Edustructures solutions for state agencies add value to several state initiatives, affecting nearly two million students.

Certica Solutions’ K-12 Data Certification Software
Jeff Putnam and Jeff Johnson, Certica Solution

    State and local education agencies use Certica Solutions’ software to automatically validate, monitor and certify the quality of education data collections. Certify™ allows education agencies to quickly detect and view the sources of data quality problems, such as missing, incomplete or corrupted data, or misunderstood data requirements. The software provides data quality metrics and an online, detailed data quality report card, so schools, districts and state personnel can easily and pro-actively review and correct their data errors. Examples of in-process K-12 data quality initiatives were demonstrated.

Accreditation Management System—Teacher Quality Assessment System (TQAS)
Michael Fluharty and Aaron Henderson, QAS, LLC

    An Accreditation Management System for Higher Education Institutions was demonstrated. This web-based application is utilized to collect, manage, and report on performance-based assessment data for Applicants, Candidates, and Alumni at universities and colleges. TQAS—Teacher Quality Assessment System was originally written to manage NCATE accreditation activities at The George Washington University, and is configurable to meet similar outcomes-based accreditation standards for other Units/Programs, as well as Institutional accrediting bodies.

ESP Solutions Grou
Anne-Marie Hart, ESP Solutions Group

    ESP Solutions Group is a PK-12 data consulting and technology firm specializing in education data systems. 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 (NCLB), Education Data Exchange Network (EDEN/EDFacts), and Schools Interoperability Framework (SIF).

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

    eScholar provides the leading data warehouse for P-20 education used by seven states and the leading statewide student identification system for students and staff used by nine states and by the U.S. Department of Education Office of Migrant Education. Attendees could speak with our product managers about eScholar’s comprehensive suite of products:  eScholar Complete Data Warehouse™, eScholar Uniq-ID™ for Students, eScholar Uniq-ID™ for Staff, eScholar Reporting™, eScholar Data Manager™, and eScholar RADAR™ (Review, Audit, Detect and Report System).

    Please contact Andrea Palumbo with any questions at: or 914-989-2969.

Making Data Count with Space-Time Research
Karen Cholak, Jack Duncan, and Brian Garrett, Space-Time Research

    Space-Time Research (STR) is the global leader in Self-Service Business Intelligence. Our solutions are EASIER, FASTER, and SAFER than traditional statistical analysis. End-users interactively analyze and visualize data in a drag-and-drop environment. By optimizing student-level data, or microdata, our solution supports a “Query-Answer-Query” approach to data exploration. Furthermore, confidentiality routines protect the privacy of the data/individual. Our customers are the most advanced government agencies for statistics, education, transportation, health, and justice. Customers include the U.S. Census Bureau, the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the Australian Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, and the New Zealand Ministry of Education, among others.

Data Integration With CPSI
Aziz Elia, Michelle Elia, and Dennis Wallace, CPSI, Ltd.

    This demonstration by CPSI, Ltd. showed differences and similarities using the 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'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 were discussed and what you need to do to start your SIF data integration project.

CORE Education and Consulting Solutions: Bringing a World of Knowledge to Your Fingertips
Tiffany Tooley, Bob Ginn, Kevin Hendrix, and Lee Ross CORE Education and Consulting Solutions

    CORE Education and Consulting Solutions specializes in providing innovative software solutions and services, empowering K-12 administrators in making the critical decisions affecting today’s educational communities. A trusted advisor to states and school districts since 1993, CORE Education and Consulting Solutions is unsurpassed at building lasting partnerships that support administrators in successfully managing their Assessment, Accountability, Pre-K, Consulting, and Learning Management demands. We’ve worked with states such as North Carolina, Michigan, Georgia, and Maine, along with Chicago Public Schools and Orange County Public Schools, and invite you to learn more today about how we can help your organization succeed, as well.

CIBER K-12 Practice
Rick Whitehead, CIBER, Inc. SchoolNet

    CIBER, Inc. has extensive experience in the education information systems arena and has contracted with numerous clients in conducting feasibility studies and designing, developing, and implementing student information systems. CIBER has assisted government agencies and educational institutions with e-government and portal tools and processes. Development, implementation and support of statewide student information systems, education based web portals, and ERP (SAP, PeopleSoft, and Lawson) solutions; software support, requirements analysis, system design, and help desk services. CIBER has over 25 years working with State Departments of Education, Local Education Agencies, and School Districts and has served over 5 million students.