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Peter Bencivenga, CaseNEX-DataCation

    With so many data points available in a school district, how do seasoned educators make the most of their data? This demonstration will show why, for a product to succeed, it needs to work within (not above) the workflow of a teacher’s busy schedule. DataCation tools maximize student and teacher learning through the use of formative and performance assessments, teacher-led inquiry, and ongoing professional development. Track student progress toward Common Core exams and allow teachers to use actionable data in all decisions. Discover how DataCation helps unlock accurate, actionable, and interconnected data to improve outcomes in your school.

CPSI, Ltd.

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

    CPSI, Ltd.—Create a Dynamic Standards-Based Longitudinal Data System (LDS). In longitudinal data collection and analysis, better data collections mean better reporting and making better decisions. Gathering and collecting data in near real time with extensive data validation gives you confidence in the consistency of your data, while standardization is the key to data governance. The CPSI xDStudio Enterprise solution provides a standardized data model for reporting, ETL (extraction, transformation, and load) functions, complete information access, operational and transactional data systems, longitudinal data systems, and complete ad-hoc reporting tools. Why wait for reporting time? Address and resolve data inconsistencies in real time.

eScholar LLC

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

    eScholar—Personalized Education Starts at eScholar. eScholar is the nation’s leading innovator in using data to support personalized education. Our award-winning solutions simplify reporting, streamline data management, and transform the way educators use data to help pre–K to postsecondary students achieve their own individual success. eScholar delivers data warehouse, student and staff identifier management, and collaborative goal-planning solutions, which enable 13 education agencies and more than 5,000 districts to better serve the needs of more than 20 million students across the nation. Visit us at www. and follow us on Twitter @eScholar

ESP Solutions Group

Joshua Goodman, Glynn Ligon, Steve King, and James Rife, ESP Solutions Group

    ESP Solutions Group is solely focused on improving the quality of education data. Our team of education experts originally pioneered the concept of “data-driven decisionmaking” (D3M) and now partners to optimize the management of data within state 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–20W data management. ESP Solutions Group is comprised of nationally recognized experts in implementing the data and technology requirements of state accountability systems, No Child Left Behind (NCLB), EDEN/EDFacts, and the Schools Interoperability Framework (SIF), as well as the National Education Data Model (NEDM), Ed-Fi, and the Common Education Data Standards (CEDS). ESP’s collective expertise is represented in its optimal reference guides (downloads are available at To learn more, please visit


Allen Kim and Bob Goldman, FindTheBest

    This demonstration will be delivered through a live demo of the website as well as a PowerPoint presentation. The content is comprised of four major sections: the historical landscape of New York City’s high school admissions process, New York City’s Department of Education’s decision to open its data through an API portal, the implementation process and final outcome of the open data policy, and the future of open data. Through this presentation, we hope to highlight how students, parents, and teachers have benefited from the partnership with New York City and what the future holds for the state of education and open data policy.

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH)

Jennifer Lally Sargeant, Zach Tussing, Stuart Trafford, and Dave Bargeron, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH)

    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s (HMH) edFusion. By taking a partner-centric approach with customers, the HMH team helps education entities deliver on their vision of integrated content and data environments. Our work includes data use for reporting and analytics, enterprise reporting (including growth model, at-risk management, RTI programs, digital libraries, and allowing business users to create their own reports), standards usage, secure portals, standards management, classroom tools, and entire statewide longitudinal data systems (SLDSs). By working with us, your organization can put the power of data and digital tools at your educators’ fingertips.

Infinite Campus

Joe Fox, Infinite Campus

    Infinite Campus provides a statewide data collection solution that collects, certifies, and transforms data into a standardized data set for reporting and analysis; realizes efficiencies by publishing data to districts; and improves district data quality via electronic student data record transfers. Infinite Campus delivers a proven, comprehensive state solution that includes unique student and staff ID assignments, a student locator, enrollment overlap detection, data integration services, district-to-district record transfers, standard reports, ad-hoc reports, common course numbering, state-defined data elements, final grade reporting, 21st Century Schools, longitudinal economic indicator, robust limited-English-proficient (LEP) tracking, and teacher-student data linkage. Our five statewide initiatives give us unique insights into the complexities and subtleties of planning and managing statewide data collection.

Manhattan Strategy Group

Jennifer Nielsen and Bill Murphy, Manhattan Strategy Group
Missy Cross, Windwalker Corporation

    See the new Distance Learning Dataset Training (DLDT) System, an online guide to NCES data across the education spectrum. DLDT common modules offer an overview of NCES data systems; methods used to ensure consistent, reliable, complete, and accurate data collection and reporting; complex sampling designs and implications for micro-data users; and strategies for accessing publications, products, data tools, and public- and restricted-use datasets. Survey-specific modules present more detailed information about selected studies conducted by NCES. Currently, five sets of modules detailing nine NCES surveys are available. Module sets detailing additional surveys and administrative data will be added annually.


Martin Disterheft, Joel Bell, and Wes Oliver, PITSS America LLC

    Learn how the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) deployed a new evaluation system for use statewide using ADF Fusion and ADF Mobile. The solution developed for MDE enables principals, educators, and district administrators to conduct teacher evaluations on their PC, iPad, iPhone, and Android phones. The mobile application features an offline mode, a user interface driven by server-side configuration, and reference documentation for the entire teacher evaluation process. Learn how the solution was developed, what sort of support and management is involved with an application of this scale, and the long-term educational evaluation roadmap the platform enables.


Wes Rehm, Karen Patch, Wes Avett, Rob Harper, Scott MacConnell, and Emily Baranello, SAS

    Your Day Made Easier: Bring your Data to Life with SAS. SAS helps state education agencies track student progress and trends longitudinally from data such as attendance, test scores, and demographics. SAS enables states to merge vast amounts of student data from the disconnected levels of education— culminating in the development of a data-rich, state-specific longitudinal data system that integrates relevant data about a student’s education, from preschool through graduate school or workforce entry.

    The SAS demo will showcase how states can do the following:
    • Integrate data, improve data quality, and manage metadata
    • Use analytics to identify current and future trends for better decisionmaking
    • Equip all decisionmakers with secure self-service reporting


Jeff Skene, Thinkgate

    In this interactive demonstration, Jeff Skene will show how Thinkgate’s solutions can be used to bring the instructional lifecycle full circle, starting with assessment creation and administration and ending with instructional improvement through assessment analytics, curriculum resources, and administrator feedback. The demo will emphasize on the data provided through Thinkgate’s solutions and how that data can be used to personalize instruction. In learning how data and technology allows them to gather and connect information, participants will leave empowered to make instruction more effective and personal.