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STATS-DC 2010 NCES Data Conference

Concurrent Session X Presentations

Friday, July 30, 2010


Data, Data, Data:  What Questions Do You Ask? What Decisions Do You Make?
Howard Woodard, Georgia College and State University, J. Whitney Bunting College of Business

    Having data is important. How you use the data and what the data tell you is more important. This presentation will address how you should use data to create the correct information to answer the key questions and, once you have the answers, how that influences your decisions.

Designing a School-wide Process for Thoughtful Discussions About Student Learning Using Data
Alexandra Pardo, Thurgood Marshall Academy Public Charter High School (District of Columbia)
Aimee Evan and Stephanie Safran, Quill Research Associates, LLC

    A gaping hole exists in how to use data to improve instruction. Beginning in 2005-2006, Thurgood Marshall Academy embarked on an ambitious initiative to increase student achievement through data-driven improvements in curriculum, instruction, and student support services and to have the outcomes to show their students’ progress from such efforts. This session will fill such void by outlining the process for creating teacher dialogue that focuses on student mastery (including what data have been helpful, when data are helpful, and how data are analyzed); moving beyond anecdotal evidence and observations of student behaviors to discussing student work and the mastery of specific skills, objectives, and standards.
X–C School Food, School Performance, and the Price of School Food
Jacob Leos-Urbel, Amy Ellen Schwartz, and Meryle Weinstein
New York University, Institute for Education and Social Policy
    While school meals provide critical nutrition for poor children across the United States, relatively little research has examined how school policies affect the efficacy of school food programs. The presenters examine responsiveness to the prices charged to students and implications for student performance. Using detailed panel data on New York City schools, the presenters examine the impact of changing prices for food, making breakfast free for all while increasing lunch fees for students ineligible for free or reduced-price lunch. The presenters find that universal free school breakfast increased participation in the school food program by students ineligible for free lunch. Impacts on academic performance are assessed.

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Public Domain Education Data Warehouse, Unique ID System, and Other Public Domain Resources
Sudha Sharma, New Hampshire Department of Education
Neal Gibson, Arkansas Department of Education
Jim Goodell, Center for Educational Leadership and Technology (CELT) Corporation

    At the 2010 Management Information Systems Conference, the New Hampshire Department of Education announced its intent to release its standards-based education data warehouse dimensional model and other software assets into the public domain. This session will provide an update on the progress of this initiative and provide additional technical details. The interactive session will then take a look at other initiatives that are developing complimentary public domain longitudinal data system assets. Attendees will participate in a dialogue about resources sharing across states.
X–E Workshop:  Using International Assessment Data—What’s New? (Part I)
Stephen Provasnik, Holly Xie, and Dana Kelly, National Center for Education Statistics
    The first half of this workshop will provide an overview of what’s up and coming in international assessments (Program for International Student Assessment [PISA]; Progress in International Reading Literacy Study [PIRLS]; Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study [TIMSS]; and the brand-new adult survey of literacy, numeracy, and problem-solving skills, PIAAC). In addition, the first half of this workshop will address the gap between what is technically and statistically possible to conclude from international assessment data and what policy makers often want to use the data to do. The second half of the workshop will offer a demonstration of how to use the new International Data Explorer (IDE), which allows users to analyze the most recent international student assessment data online.

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Content and Structural Changes to the 2009-2010 Civil Rights Data Collection
Rebecca Fitch and Ross Santy, U.S. Department of Education

    For its most recent collection of data from local education agencies, the Office for Civil Rights revisited many aspects of its long-standing Civil Rights Data Collection.  The current collection was restructured to allow a two-part survey that would gather data on one school year.  In the spring of 2010, during the 2009-2010 school year, data were collected.  Surveyed districts will follow up in the late summer and fall to complete the survey with end-of-year data on traditional items as well as on new areas of high policy importance, including bullying/harassment and the use of seclusion or restraint.  This session will discuss the process used to restructure the collection, select the new content, and leverage the EDFacts collection of data from state education agencies.  The session will also address the ways in which the data will be made available once the survey concludes.

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X–G Electronic Student Record Exchange Pilot—Lessons Learned
Peter Coleman, Virginia Department of Education
Stephanie Seigler, Pearson
    The Virginia Department of Education is piloting the exchange of student records using the school interoperability framework (SIF). This session will share what has been done and learned from the project. The session will also outline the state’s plan going forward.

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You’ve Merged and Split...Now What? Encouraging the Use of the MSIX Consolidated Student Record
Daryn Hedlund, Jennifer Dozier, and Patricia Meyertholen, U.S. Department of Education

    The Migrant Student Information Exchange (MSIX) is operational and contains a consolidated student record for over 85 percent of the national migrant student population. This session will explore the strategies the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Migrant Education is implementing to encourage the use of the MSIX Consolidated Student Record.

Managing People, Places, and Things:  Why the Complexities of Education Master Data Results in Significant Challenges to Adopting National Data Standards
Donald Houde, Arizona Department of Education

    Over the past two years the Arizona Department of Education (ADE) has embarked upon a rigorous set of initiatives to evaluate the way Arizona manages the master data that models the state’s complex relationships among educational entities. This session’s conversation will provide insight into ADE’s findings and proposed solutions and how these may drive adoption of proposed national data standards.

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