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STATS-DC 2010 NCES Data Conference

Concurrent Session II Presentations

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

II–A Linking Teachers and Students—Update on Five State Pilot Projects
Neal Gibson, Arkansas Department of Education
Linda Rocks, Bossier Parish Schools (Louisiana)
BaronRodriguez, Data Quality Campaign
RickRozelle, Center for Educational Leadership and Technology (CELT) Corporation
    Linking teachers to students is a critical component of Race to the Top and state longitudinal data systems. This session will give an overview of the Teacher Student Data Link project and how it ties to the work that states are already doing. The panel will provide an update from the technical lead organization, Center for Educational Leadership and Technology (CELT) Corporation, and include pilot state perspectives on promising practices, barriers, and what you need to know to make this aspect of your data systems successful.
II–B SLDS Futures—How Three States Are Looking to Educate With Data
Jim Addy, Iowa Department of Education
Kathy Gosa, Kansas State Department of Education
Tom Ogle, Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
Moderator: Shawn Bay, eScholar LLC
    Join a panel discussion on the future of statewide longitudinal data systems (SLDS) through the eyes of three state education agencies. Representatives from Iowa, Kansas, and Missouri will share their vision on where they are taking their SLDS, the steps they need to get there, and how SLDS may transform education in their state. A key focus will be on the efforts as well as challenges in providing real-time data to support teachers and student learning in the classroom. Other topics will include e-transcripts, standardized data, real-time student record exchange, and tracking data within and across states.
II–F Using Business Process Management Software to Power an Online Survey
Rebecca Fitch, Ross Santy, and Kevin Sauls, U.S. Department of Education
    Before launching the 2009-2010 Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC), the Office for Civil Rights collected substantial input on how to make the online tools more user friendly for the 7,000 local education agencies (LEAs) that must respond to the survey.  When weighing the feedback on desired functionality and flexibility, the best option for the survey turned out to be a reprogramming built on a business process management suite (Appian Enterprise) rather than a traditional survey tool.  Input from a working group of experienced responders and others was used to map the entire process flow needed for an LEA to start, complete, and certify their 2009-2010 CRDC.    This session will discuss the methods available to LEAs in responding to this year’s collection, the various sources of input used to guide the reprogramming, and the decision to not host the survey on ED’s network but rather in a distributed (cloud) computing environment.

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II–G Using NEDM and CDS to Build a Great SLDS Data Dictionary
Bari Erlichson, New Jersey Department of Education
Greg Nadeau and Andrea Chiarello, Public Consulting Group
    This session will review the steps New Jersey has taken using the National Education Data Model (NEDM) and Common Data Standards (CDS) to develop a statewide longitudinal data system (SLDS) data dictionary and roadmap. A clear data roadmap begins with a comprehensive data dictionary; this presentation will help guide your state or district through the steps to creating a detailed plan for upcoming years of data warehouse implementation.
II–H Workshop:  Identifying the Data We Need to Inform Instruction (Part I)
Heidi Glidden, American Federation of Teachers
    “Create a culture of data use.” “Use data to inform instruction.” These phrases are commonplace in education today.  But how do we know if we are using the right data? Are state and district test results being used appropriately? And what role do teacher-developed assessments play in data-driven decision making? The American Federation of Teachers has developed a research-based training to help educators across the country answer these questions. Participants will leave this workshop with a variety of tips and strategies to take back to their states, districts, schools, and classrooms to ensure that they are using the best data for informing programmatic and instructional decisions.

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II–I Like a Fine Wine, Data Gets Better With Age
Richard Nadeau and Jeri Fawcett, Horry County Schools (South Carolina)
Aziz Elia, CPSI, Ltd.
    This session is a district-level case study of how the growth of a school’s interoperability framework (SIF) specification has resulted in the use of new and improved data tools. Horry County Schools uses the SIF standard to cleanse and move data between applications. In addition, the schools use the same tools to populate data marts and ultimately a data warehouse for dashboards, reporting, and data analysis.