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STATS-DC 2010 NCES Data Conference

Concurrent Session XI Presentations

Friday, July 30, 2010


From Data to Information: If You Build It, Document It, Advertise It, and Make It Accessible, They Might Come
Ted Carter, Kansas State Department of Education

    Although the movies may say, “If you build it, they will come,” it isn’t always true when you talk about enterprise data systems. How can you make sure that the data you are collecting, storing, and reporting on will be used and translated into actual information that meets the needs of educators and other stakeholders in your state? In this session, presenters will talk about some of the experiences and lessons that Kansas learned in building its enterprise data system, data governance structure, dashboards, and data request review process. The focus of the discussion will be on strategies for creating successful relationships among information technology staff, internal data stewards, internal research and evaluation staff, and external stakeholders who have a need for or interest in the data.

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Navigating the Race to the Top:  Moving Achievement Forward With “Datatudinal” Direction
Brandan Keaveny, Rochester City School District (New York)
Manjeet Rege, Rochester Institute of Technology

    In spite of the rapid development in data acquisition technology resulting in the explosive collection of acquired datasets, techniques for analyzing very large, diverse, heterogeneous datasets have only evolved modestly. School districts are searching for effective utility and better understanding of these acquired, large-scale longitudinal data sets to make strategically focused decisions. This presentation will highlight how the Rochester City School District is collaborating with the Rochester Institute of Technology to develop computationally efficient and accurate tools for knowledge discovery to identify relevant factors that cause changes in student performance.

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Connecting the Dots:  Structuring Datasets That Can Be Linked Together and Updated Over Time
Kathleen Dickey and Edward Cremata, Stanford University

    With the current emphasis on accountability, the need for good data has also increased. This presentation will be a discussion of the best practices to collect, clean, store, and aggregate student and school-level data to ensure its accuracy, completeness, and ability to be linked over time and with other data. This will include a consideration of both the mechanical aspects of longitudinal data set creation as well as the important structural and theoretical issues to consider when implementing data-gathering procedures.
XI–D PIMS—Pennsylvania’s Plans for Empowering Educators With Longitudinal Data
David Ream, Pennsylvania Department of Education
    The Pennsylvania Department of Education’s longitudinal data system, Pennsylvania Information Management System (PIMS), has collected three years of data for PK–12 education. This presentation will describe Pennsylvania’s plans for providing actionable and timely data to educators, including an at-risk student early warning system and knowledge management capabilities through the integration of data with content.
XI–E Workshop:  Using International Assessment Data—What’s New? (Part II)
Stephen Provasnik, Holly Xie, and DanaKelly, National Center for Education Statistics
    The first half of this workshop provided 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) and addressed 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.
XI–F The Next EDFacts Collection
Barbara Timm and Bobbi Stettner-Eaton, U.S. Department of Education
    The EDFacts data set for School Year 2010-2011 is in the final stages of clearance by the Office of Management and Budget. The School Year 2010-2011 data set includes new data to support the State Fiscal Stabilization Fund (SFSF). During this session, we will discuss what additions and changes were proposed to the EDFacts data set. We will also discuss the comments received from the public during the public comment period.

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XI–G Data to Improve Instruction
Jill Abbott, SIF Association
    Now that longitudinal data systems have been implemented, more emphasis is being placed on using data to improve instruction and learning.  These data and this information needs to include more than assessment and summative data—it needs to include data that will truly inform the classroom. This session will focus on what data should be made available, what systems provide that kind of data, and what SIF can do to help.

Successful Student-Centered Leadership, Learning, and Data Models for Elementary Schools
Paul McCarty, Granite School District (Utah)
Brent Israelsen, Institute for Student Centered Education
Pat Sherrill, U.S. Department of Education
David Hatch

    Fremont Elementary School celebrates cultural diversity with 29 different languages and 50+ cultures and nationalities. Sixty percent of the students receive free or reduced lunch, 51 percent are minorities, and 32 percent are English language learners. Fremont Elementary School prepares students for success in the 21st century with student-centered data and leadership instruction. It has been recognized as a national “lighthouse,” or model school, for the “Leader in Me” world-wide Stephen Covey life-skills program. This presentation will demonstrate how the school teaches the necessary leadership skills that helped its students succeed by utilizing student data to guide instruction and individual student life plans.

South Carolina eTranscript and SREx Projects Deployed—Lessons Learned
Tom Olson, South Carolina Department of Education
John O’Connell, Docufide

    The South Carolina Department of Education (SCDE), Office of Data Management and Analysis, working with Docufide, has successfully rolled out the eTranscript and K–12 student records exchange projects. Project work, funded through an IES statewide longitudinal data systems grant, began in 2008 and phase two of the project was launched in April 2010. During this project a standardized transcript format was created and deployed statewide, student records exchange parameters defined, and the state of South Carolina experienced a statewide SIS migration. Join us to learn about the history of the project, steps required to create and implement data standards across all districts, and best practices culled from completing a statewide rollout.