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Aspect Software, Inc.

John Luddy and Ric Greenwall, Aspect Software, Inc.

    Aspect Software (Aspect) is a nationally managed Microsoft services partner with a strong education services practice. Aspect has more than ten years of experience working with state and local education agencies to meet their data and information management needs. Aspect holds partner certifications in core Microsoft competency areas specific to education, such as portals and collaboration, data warehousing, dashboard and reporting solutions, digital marketing, unified communications, and student/teacher success management solutions.

Cambridge Education/The Tripod Project

Terri Nicole-Singleton and Rob Ramsdell, Cambridge Education
Jennifer Lally, Choice Solutions, Inc.

    Cambridge Education is uniquely well suited to provide districts and states with support as they improve their systems of evaluation and performance management. We have developed extensive expertise through our involvement with the Gates Measures of Effective Teaching Project and through partnerships on teacher evaluation initiatives in a range of settings including Memphis, Washington, DC, and Pittsburgh, as well as the states of North Carolina, Hawaii, Maine, and Kentucky. Developed and refined over the past ten years, our Tripod survey assessments and analysis methods deliver measures of effective teaching, student engagement, and school climate.

Choice Solutions

Brennain Delaney and Zachary Tussing, Choice Solutions

    As the market leader in P–20W Education Longitudinal Data Systems, Choice Solutions is an end-to-end global Enterprise IT Service and Solutions provider with a proud tradition of helping educational entities and workforce-focused institutions build better citizens for tomorrow. Founded with a vision of partnering state and local agencies, we offer a holistic approach to moving and delivering education information and services to the proper stakeholders. With a portfolio of trusted and quality solutions, Choice Solutions has the privilege of serving many government organizations, including 15 state departments of education and numerous districts, regional education centers, and privately run agencies. Visit our booth anytime during the conference and learn what we can do to help you and your organization get the most out of your data.

Common Education Data Standards (CEDS) Tools

    While education institutions across the P–20 (early learning through postsecondary) environment use many different conventions for capturing data and meeting information needs, there are certain data that must be easily understood, compared, and shared by all. For these, we need a shared vocabulary for education data—that is, we need common education data standards. The Common Education Data Standards (CEDS) is a national, collaborative effort to develop voluntary data standards for a key set of education data elements to streamline the exchange, comparison, and understanding of data within and across P–20 institutions and sectors. Beyond the standards (definitions, option sets, technical specifications, etc.), CEDS has developed a data model and an innovative new tool to help organizations across P–20 to align with CEDS and effectively leverage the standards to support data sharing and utilization. Please come visit this table if you would like to receive some one-on-one training on how to use the CEDS Align Tool. (Visit for more information and access to the standards and CEDS tools.)

CPSI, Ltd.

Gay Sherman, Michelle Elia, and Aziz Elia; CPSI, Ltd.

    CPSI’s xDStudio delivers a highly scalable, extensible Statewide Longitudinal Data System (SLDS) solution that provides automated real-time data collections and reporting. We provide continuous data validation and error reporting along with longitudinal data analysis processes to give all your stakeholders up-todate quality data that are always available for review, analysis and reporting. You can easily expand the system to include a larger set of data pulled from additional data sources. The XML generator allows your organization to use any pre-defined data standard including Schools Interoperability Framework (SIF), SLI, Ed-Fi, National Education Data Model (NEDM), Common Education Data Standards (CEDS), Postsecondary Electronic Standards Council (PESC), or a combination of standards for various purposes.

Deloitte Consulting

Philip Benowitz; Deloitte Consulting

    Deloitte will present its custom and COTS statewide longitudinal data system (SLDS) and related experience.

eScholar LLC

Nisa Torres, Shawn Bay, and Wolf Boehme; eScholar LLC

    eScholar—Building Futures One Goal at a Time—is the leading innovator in providing data and technology solutions to drive education. eScholar products provide clean integrated data that can be used to drive effective innovations that promote and improve individual student achievement and consequently systemically improve education. eScholar myTrack harnesses the power of comprehensive longitudinal data to inform personal educational goals and to measure progress. Our award-winning eScholar Complete Data Warehouse, Uniq-ID system and newly released Interstate ID eXchange continue to drive the stateof- the-art in using longitudinal data to improve education. Stop by our booth for a demonstration of our new product and learn how eScholar can support personalized education in your organization. eScholar provides comprehensive solutions that are relied on statewide by 13 state education agencies, supporting 4,800 districts with more than 18 million early childhood through postsecondary students. www.escholar. com

ESP Solutions Group

Joshua Goodman, Steve King, Glynn Ligon, and Barbara Clements; ESP Solutions Group

    ESP Solutions Group is solely focused on improving the quality of education data. Its team of education experts pioneered the concept of “data-driven decisionmaking” (D3M) and now partners to optimize the management of data within education agencies. ESP Solutions Group has advised school districts, all 52 state education agencies, and the U.S. Department of Education on the practice of P–20 data management. ESP Solutions Group is nationally recognized experts in implementing the data and technology requirements of state accountability systems, No Child Left Behind (NCLB), EDEN/EDFacts, Schools Interoperability Framework (SIF), and the National Education Data Model (NEDM). Its collective expertise is represented in the Optimal Reference Guides (downloads are available at To learn more, visit

Hupp Information Technologies

Dean Hupp, Hupp Information Technologies

    Hupp Information Technologies is the market leader in state-level teacher certification, state-level school accreditation, and automation of highly qualified teacher reporting.

Infinite Campus

Joe Fox, Infinite Campus

    Infinite Campus provides a statewide data collection solution that connects to and collects data from local district student information systems. Infinite Campus delivers a proven, comprehensive state solution— including unique student and staff IDs, district-to-district data transfers, and teacher-student data linkage— that ensures on-time, on-budget implementations. Our five statewide initiatives give us unique insights into the complexities and subtleties of planning and managing this important project.

Longleaf Solutions

Chris Chesowsky and Mary Conroy, Longleaf Solutions

    Baseline Edge is a software application from Longleaf Solutions. The application helps school districts pull data from all of the various data systems within the district so that all of their data is in one place. With this data, districts can manage their student interventions by identifying at-risk students, assigning students to intervention plans, monitoring tools to manage these plans, and interactive dashboards to easily inform users on the progression of these plans. The system also assists districts with benchmarking themselves against other districts by using publicly available district data, managing their district and school improvement plans, managing their budget, etc. though dashboards, and also has an expansive research tool to allow districts to quickly search through educational research articles.

National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)

Joanne Lim, Hager Sharp Inc.

    The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) is a project of the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) and is the largest continuing and nationally representative assessment of what our nation’s students know and can do. NAEP releases detailed data sets on student performance, contextual variables, and demographic information that will be of key interest to researchers at the NCES Summer Data Conference. We will distribute NAEP reports, frameworks, and research guides; answer questions about NAEP data; and introduce attendees to the NAEP online data tools.


Gary Johnson, Ric Ferrentino, and Andrew Cary; Pearson

    Linking Systems to Create a Lifelong Data Continuum. State education agencies need technologies that connect infrastructure, instruction, and assessment—the keys to advancing education at a scale that matters. By using technology to bring together a holistic view of the big picture, we surface actionable, data-driven insights—to forever improve the way we teach and make personalized learning a reality for everyone.

    Visit our demonstration area and learn about our instructional improvement solutions, electronic student record/transcript solution, and standards-based data systems that enable interagency linking, automate processes, increase data accuracy, and reduce costs. We’ll partner with you to help you connect the insights of many for the potential of one.