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STATS-DC 2008 NCES Data Conference

Concurrent Session IX Presentations

Thursday, July 31, 2008

IX–A P-20 Longitudinal Data Systems: Getting Started, the Future, and Lessons Learned
Jeff Sellers, Florida Department of Education
Anne Brinson, Indiana Department of Education
Robin Taylor, Delaware Department of Education
    Panelists discussed the issues and lessons learned related to developing and maintaining their respective P-20 and P-labor data systems. They shared suggestions for how to get started and what plans they have for the future.

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IX–B Infomatic—The Amazing Alaska Information Portal Data Slice and Dice Tool
Sidney Fadaoff, Alaska Department of Education and Early Development
Steven King, ESP Solutions Group, Inc.
    Alaska is building an education information reporting portal in the current phase of their Unity Longitudinal data system grant project. As part of the portal, the state is getting a flexible web interface to its data warehouse. The tool reads Analysis Services cubes and allows a user with any web browser to slice and dice the data in a vast number of ways.

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IX–C Electronic Application System for Indian Education (EASIE)
Clare Banwart, U. S. Department of Education, EDFacts
Cathy Carothers, U. S. Department of Education, Office of Indian Education
    The U.S. Department of Education's Office of Indian Education (OIE) administers a formula grant program that provides funding to local education agencies that serve Indian children in helping them reach high standards of achievement. For many years, more than 1,000 grant awards have been made each year under this program. Through school year (SY) 2006-07, applicants submitted an initial paper application based on an estimated allocation and, after OIE's initial review, submitted an amended paper application based on the actual allocation. It took OIE 12 months from the application due date to process most applications, and a few applicants did not receive final approval for up to two years. It was clear to OIE that this was an area that would benefit from an overhaul! Beginning with SY 2007-08, OIE partnered with EDFacts to create an online system for this application process. Called EASIE, for Electronic Application System for Indian Education, the new system dramatically simplifies the application process for both applicants and OIE. In the first year implementation of EASIE, OIE processed 1,231 applications and all were approved within 7 weeks of the application due date! Additionally, an electronic database containing all of the data has replaced hundreds of boxes of paper applications, enabling OIE staff to conduct cross-year and cross-grantee analysis from their desktop computers. This session described the success factors and challenges of this project and its possible application to other grant projects.

Sessions in EDEN/EDFacts track:

IX–D Using Current Data to Identify Dropouts and Electronically Track Interventions
Harry Kyle, Jeff Davis Parish School Board (Louisiana)
Dr. Bobby Franklin, Louisiana Department of Education
    Louisiana principals and other stakeholders from the State Superintendent to district level personnel are receiving automatic emails listing potential dropouts using current student performance data. In a statewide pilot program, building level administrators and staff are taking action immediately and are tracking dropout interventions electronically. This session was a story from the district's side of this equation—how current student data on attendance, discipline, GPA, and age are used to make early identification of at-risk students and how effective interventions are being tracked electronically.
IX–F The WY FUSION: Creating an Integrated State Portal—What Works and Doesn't Work
Shadd Schutte, Wyoming Department of Education
Alex Jackl, ESP Solutions Group, Inc.
    Wyoming has partnered with ESP Solutions Group to provide a single sign-on solution to address D3M Data Driven Decision Making. Presenters discussed what has and has not worked and what the state is doing in providing data back to the districts to directly influence the success of students in Wyoming.
IX–G The Evolution of the SIF Standard—Where We Are and Where We Are Going
Jim Campbell, Oklahoma State Department of Education
Laurie Collins, Schools Interoperability Framework Association
Aziz Elia, CPSI, Ltd.
Jason Wrage, Integrity Technology Solutions
Chad Humphress, MAS
    The Schools Interoperability Framework Association (SIFA) has currently identified two types of certification profiles, the SIF Functionality Profiles and SIF Organization Profiles. In this session we presented the concepts of the two profile types along with the conclusions of the Proof of Concept projects conducted to correctly identify the objectives and processes of these new certification programs. An understanding of how this will not only help "Out of the Box Interoperability" but also greatly enhance SIFA certification program was shared. Presenters welcomed discussions on the best use of the profiles for districts and states.

Sessions in SIF track:

IX–H Update on Postsecondary Electronic Standards Council (PESC)
Michael Sessa, Postsecondary Electronic Standards Council
    Many states, colleges, universities and organizations are currently using the PESC's high school and college XML transcripts, while many others are programming for them. By the end of 2008, XML standards for test score reporting, the admission application, and IPEDS will be approved and released by PESC. This session provided an in-depth overview of the resources and standards available, along with a look into the future on upcoming development and interoperability initiatives.
IX–I Making the Case for Using Longitudinal Data for Evaluating Effectiveness of Teacher Professional Development Programs
Nina de las Alas, Council of Chief State School Officers
Chris Thorn, Wisconsin Center for Education Research, University of Wisconsin
    Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) has completed a cross-state review of 25 professional development (PD) initiatives in 14 states that identified high-quality PD programs and the effects of the programs on improving teaching and learning in math and science. Drawing from the findings and recommendations from the two-year study and field experiences with states and their longitudinal data systems, this presentation engaged participants in a discussion of what issues to consider when drawing upon the growing robustness of longitudinal data systems when designing studies for evaluative and policy-making decisions.

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