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STATS-DC 2010 NCES Data Conference

Concurrent Session XII Presentations

Friday, July 30, 2010


Triangulating State and Federal Data on School Accountability: Lessons for Both Scholars and Practitioners
Andrew Abrams, U.S. Department of Education
Eric C. Hedberg, National Opinion Research Center

    Before the first statistic is calculated, one of the most difficult aspects of policy research can occur: getting the data in order. This is especially true with investigations of education policy that draw on administrative data. The No Child Left Behind Act of 2002, with its focus on the use of standardized testing for school accountability, exponentially increased the production of data by state education agencies for purposes of tracking school progress. These data banks, however, were generally created in formats that conformed to the methods and tools of accountability and not of research. Several lessons were learned in this regard by the National Opinion Research Center’s evaluation of the growth model pilot project. This presentation will showcase the lessons we learned from the project and recommendations to states and EDI that will facilitate the efforts by future researchers.
XII–B Mississippi Surplus Textbooks System Redesign for Today’s Economy
Roscoe Henry and Catina Walker, Mississippi Department of Education
    The Textbook Inventory Management System (TIMS) is a Web-based reporting system for the Mississippi Department of Education Textbooks Office. TIMS allows schools to report their active and surplus textbook inventory, as well as transfer surplus books to other schools throughout the state. As the state continues to face difficult budget cuts, schools are hard pressed to find ways to save money. The Mississippi Surplus books subsystem as a part of TIMS was designed to aid in this process; it gives schools access to a wealth of surplus books throughout the state providing a source of savings to Mississippi schools.  This session will explain how the Mississippi Surplus books subsystem works.
XII–D Teaching Teachers to Use Data
Blair Mann and Trevor Simon, The George Washington University
Patrick Sherrill, U.S. Department of Education
    In today’s education climate, knowledge of data and how to use it is becoming a key to success.  To evaluate how undergraduate academic institutions are teaching prospective teachers to use data in the classroom for the purpose of performing educational interventions, we first surveyed one major academic institution in each state, as well as the top ten colleges or universities with undergraduate teaching certification programs. Our primary objective was to identify who was making this practice a priority in teacher preparation, and to what extent. Second, we examined the content of that instruction to identify successful procedures and produce a clearer picture of an effective uniform practice to teach teachers to properly use data.  At this session, we will present what we discovered.
XII–E How Can We Help You? Let Me Count the Ways
Susan Williams, Virginia Department of Education
    Come to an informative session on strengthening relationships between and among local education agencies (LEAs), state education agency (SEA) vendors, and the SEA. Virginia will present several tried-and-true, successful strategies. Several representatives from Virginia LEAs will be on hand to talk about their experiences and how Virginia’s strategies ease the burden of working with the state’s statewide longitudinal data system vendors. Time will be allotted to address questions.
XII–F Implementing 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. During this session, we will discuss plans for implementing the additions and changes to the data set. This session will be an interactive session to gather feedback on how these changes can be implemented in the most efficient and effective manner.

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Putting the “Pre” in the PreK–12 Conversations—What Opportunities Exist for Digital Citizens?
Larry Fruth, SIF Association

    With the amount of focus on the K–12 to higher education linkages, it is critical that we not lose focus of the “quick wins” and the desperate need to track the preschool allocation of resources that ultimately can impact learning. Linking data about early learners and their environments can provide needed information to K–12 teachers, schools, and states.  This session will outline some success but more importantly provide an environment for us to dialogue around what should be.

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Workforce Outcomes of Educational Pursuits
Christopher Mullin, American Association of Community Colleges

    The use of data to make decisions is at the core of an accountability culture. The federal government has encouraged the collection of individual-level data to inform policy decisions about education and workforce preparation. These advancements, in addition to numerous data systems and interstate partnerships, contribute greatly to our ability to understand the link between college and career readiness. But much more needs to be done. If we want to create data systems that inform students, parents, employers, and the community, while improving educational practice, then strong longitudinal data systems must be developed and used in ways consistent with a variety of both programmatic and educational objectives. This session will examine various data systems currently operating, their protential, and their limitations in contributing to a student unit-record data system.

Indiana eTranscript:  Driving Usage of Data Standards
Ken Sauer, Indiana Commission for Higher Education
John O’Connell, Docufide, Inc.

    Indiana is in its fourth full year of an eTranscript initiative that includes statewide participation across all public and non-public secondary schools and postsecondary institutions and that involves extensive collaboration between the Indiana Commission for Higher Education (ICHE) and the Indiana Department of Education.  The presenter Ken Sauer, who is with ICHE, has led efforts to adopt and support data standards across Indiana participants. Join this session to learn how a state with over 40 high school SIS vendors and multiple postsecondary systems is using data standards like PESC XML to maximize efficient data exchange and usage.