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Concurrent Session V Presentations

Thursday, July 18, 2013
10:15 am – 11:15 am

V–C: Multi-State Procurement: A Success Story

Suzan Kinaci, Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

    Ohio and Massachusetts joined forces for a multistate procurement effort for an instructional improvement system (IIS) as defined in Race to the Top. In this session, the presenters will discuss the partnership, the procurement process, and the two-state implementations. They will also address how differences in their state data and local education agency systems were addressed through the procurement.

V–D: Maximizing Stakeholder Engagement for Effective Data Use and Sustainability

Robin Taylor and Jeff Sellers, AEM Corporation
Corey Chatis, SLDS State Support Team

    Effective data use and sustainability are desired outcomes and the dream of every state’s statewide longitudinal data system (SLDS). The State Support Team (SST) will provide strategies and some best practices on framing stakeholder engagement to set for effective data use and sustainability as they relate to different sectors (Early Childhood, K–12, P–20, P–20W).

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V–E: Privacy Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) Update on Privacy Initiatives: Data Sharing With Foster Care and Third Parties

Baron Rodriguez, AEM Corporation
Michael Hawes, U.S. Department of Education

    The Privacy Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) and the U.S. Department of Education will give an update in this session on recent guidance with multi-agency sharing, such as foster care and the use of third parties such as nonprofit partnerships and contractors.

V–F: Using Employment Data as Educational Outcomes—Data Limitations and Uses

Kate Akers, Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics

    Kentucky is one of the more recent states to successfully link employment and earnings data from its Unemployment Insurance system through the Kentucky Longitudinal Data System (KLDS) with education and completions data. This has been one of the most interesting uses of the SLDS for its policymakers. The presenter will review the findings, processes, and what Kentucky learned in terms of the uses and limitations of these data as well as how the state was able to address the concerns of both the workforce and education agencies.

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V–G: Apps4VA: Enlisting the Public in Apps Creation for Data Analysis

Bethann Canada, Virginia Department of Education
Brooke Bell, Center for Innovative Technology

    The Virginia Department of Education and the Center for Innovative Technology co-launched a unique program known as Apps4VA. This program is the first of its kind to sponsor multiple cuttingedge components that enlist the public’s ingenuity to create innovative software applications (apps) using K–12 education data. These include two public apps development competitions (an open competition for the general public and a competition for Virginia public high school students); a Startup Weekend; and a high-energy 24-hour hackathon event that linked four simultaneous hackathons throughout the state—all to benefit education. More information can be found at

V–H: School Codes for the Exchange of Data (SCED) Update

Kathy Gosa, Kansas State Department of Education
Susan Williams, Virginia Department of Education
Zachary Mangold, Maryland State Department of Education

    The National Forum on Education Statistics convened a working group to review the Secondary School Course Classification System: School Codes for the Exchange of Data (SCED). This session will provide an update on the group’s progress including the development of new codes recommended by subject matter experts and a new change management process that will allow for future SCED updates. Working group members will highlight best practices for SCED implementation and discuss efforts to map SCED to the Classification of Secondary School Courses (CSSC), an NCES taxonomy used for High School Transcript Studies. The group plans to release SCED Version 2.0 in September 2013.

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V–I: The Power of Stakeholder Engagement in Planning, Design, and Management of Statewide Longitudinal Data Systems (SLDSs)

Stephanie Butler and Kerry Thomas, Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education
Jean Osumi and Todd Ikenaga, University of Hawaii
Nancy Smith, DataSmith Solutions

    All states have spent much time and many resources planning, building, and managing statewide longitudinal data systems (SLDSs), but how external stakeholders are engaged varies widely from state to state. In this session, you will hear from and interact with two SLDS project directors who will discuss how they have dealt with stakeholder engagement in the planning stages and on an ongoing basis. Sample topics include how to determine which stakeholders to engage, the pros and cons of focus groups and advisory groups, unintended insights and/or consequences, and how to blend stakeholder input into data governance activities.

V–J: Developing a Behavior Dashboard for Schools

Robert Rodosky, Jefferson County Public Schools (Kentucky)

    Suspension data from our district indicated three problems: students who were not proficient were losing instructional time; there were disproportionate suspensions of No Child Left Behind (NCLB) groups; and we needed corrective action for oversuspending students with disabilities. This session will describe and discuss a behavior dashboard that we developed to systemically identify trends in suspensions, needed professional development, and any de-escalation of best practices.

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