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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Sessions in LDS track:
I-A, II-A, III-A, IV-A, V-A, VI-A, VII-A, VIII-A, IX-A, X-A, XI-A, and XI-D
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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Sessions in Statewide LDS track:
I-B, II-B, III-B, IV-B, V-B, VI-B, VII-B, VIII-B, IX-B, X-B, and XI-B
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:
I-C, II-C, III-C, IV-C, V-C, VI-C, VII-C, VIII-C, IX-C, X-C, XI-C, and XII-C
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.
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.
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:
II-G, III-G, IV-G, V-G, VI-G, VII-G, VIII-G, IX-G, X-G, XI-G, and XII-G
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.
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
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