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Concurrent Session I Presentations

Wednesday, July 30, 2014
2:30 pm – 3:20 pm

I–A: State Fiscal Coordinators Roundtable (Part 1)

Stephen Cornman, U.S. Department of Education
Glenda Rader, Michigan Department of Education
Susan Barkley, Kentucky Department of Education

    This session will facilitate discussion and problem solving among the state fiscal coordinators. Bring your questions, best practices, and “war stories” with you to this session so we can all learn from each other. Topics may include maintenance of effort, indirect costs, chart of accounts, Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) standards, or federal reporting. Knowledge will be shared and valuable network connections will be made.

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I–E: Teacher and Administrator Turnover Research: A Collaboration Between the State Agency and Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Appalachia

Carla Howe, West Virginia Department of Education
Jerry Johnson, University of North Florida
Eishi Adachi, Edvance Research, Inc.

    Few studies have examined teacher and administrator turnover in West Virginia. Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Appalachia is collaborating with the West Virginia Department of Education to conduct a teacher and administrator turnover study in West Virginia. Speakers at this session will present practical issues, such as submitting a research proposal for the data request, identifying appropriate data elements for the study, operationalizing terms, and finding solutions for each issue. Representatives of REL Appalachia and the West Virginia Department of Education will illustrate how researchers and state agencies can collaborate to investigate teacher and administrator turnover.

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I–F: Maryland Longitudinal Data System (MLDS) Center: Building a System to Protect Identities

Chandra Haislet and Chuck Shelton, Maryland Longitudinal Data System (MLDS) Center

    Maryland’s Longitudinal Data System (MLDS) Center has developed innovative, effective, and cost-effective solutions to protect student and worker information, and to link data beyond K–12 and into the workforce. This session will detail critical strategies to protect person-level data, which include the separation of data, separation of duties, tokenization, and aggregation; and strategies to link data, which include a rigorous data governance process, the use of industry-standard codes and definitions, and automated and integrated data-quality processes. A Master Data Management (MDM) database, created using Oracle products, supports both efforts.

I–G: Using a Statewide Longitudinal Data System (SLDS) to Support Educator Effectiveness

Robert Swiggum, Georgia Department of Education
Robin Taylor, SLDS State Support Team

    This panel discussion will focus on how states are using the statewide longitudinal data system (SLDS) to support educator effectiveness. Some states, Georgia for example, have included teacher data in the SLDS and linked it with student data for various purposes, such as verifying classroom rosters and providing student-growth information to classroom teachers.

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I–H: A Seven-Year Journey: Colorado’s Successful $22 Million Statewide Longitudinal Data System (SLDS) Grant Deliverables

Daniel Domagala, Marcia Bohannon, and Jan Petro, Colorado Department of Education

    2014 marks the first year since 2007 that Colorado is operating without the wonderful assistance of a Statewide Longitudinal Data System (SLDS) grant. Attend this session to learn about Colorado’s SLDS Program implementations, innovations, tribulations, and adulations. We’ll wrap up with a lessons-learned questions-and-answers discussion, with audience participation.

I–I: Current and Future Uses of Workforce Data in Statewide Longitudinal Data System (SLDS) Programs

Neal Gibson, Arkansas Research Center
Robert Sheets, University of Chicago at Urbana-Champaign

    Now that most states have P–20W data systems, what tools are coming from these systems that can best inform practice and help states develop stronger programs for workforce development? This presentation will address current capacity of P–20W systems, as well as future areas of study, such as the inclusion of industry certifications and Real Time LMI. Methods for ensuring individual privacy in these expanding systems will also be demonstrated.

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I–J: Forum Alternative Socioeconomic Status (SES) Measures Working Group

Matt Cohen, Ohio Department of Education
Tom Szuba, Quality Information Partners, Inc.

    The Alternative Socioeconomic Status (SES) Measures Working Group of the National Forum on Education Statistics is working to identify SES measures other than the National School Lunch Program’s free- and reduced-price meals eligibility indicator in order to increase the accuracy and appropriate accessibility of student-level SES data for the education community. Join us to exchange ideas about these alternatives and hear about the development of our draft document.

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