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Center for Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Fiscal Reporting (CIFR)

Sara Doutre, Danielle Crain, and Steven Smith

  • The Center for Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Fiscal Reporting (CIFR) is an Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP)-funded technical assistance (TA) center that provides TA to state education agencies to help them meet their federal obligation to collect and report special education fiscal data. CIFR will demonstrate tools it has developed under its OSEP grant, including its Maintenance of State Financial Support (MFS) Toolkit (which includes the MFS Quick Reference Guide, Funding Flow Ideograph Tool, Timeline Development Tool, and Data Collection and Reporting Tool) and Local Education Agency (LEA) Maintenance of Effort (MOE) Eligibility Standard Calculator.

Center for the Integration of Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Data (CIID)

Bill Huennekens, Anna Mark, and Tiffany Boyd

  • The Center for the Integration of IDEA Data (CIID), an innovative center, will share how state education agencies (SEAs) can realize benefits in sustainability and efficiency by integrating Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) data with their statewide longitudinal data system (SLDS). The CIID is designed to help states resolve challenges associated with fragmented IDEA, SLDS, and EDFacts data management practices, systems architecture, and increase efficiency and quality of IDEA data reporting. Visit our demonstration to learn about CIID’s Common Education Data Standards (CEDS)-based tools and how your state can work with CIID to complete federal data reporting more efficiently and have higher quality IDEA data to inform decisions that affect students with disabilities.

CPSI, Ltd.

Michelle Elia and Aziz Elia

  • State departments of education need to collect data from districts, keep it up to date statewide, check it for accuracy, and use that data for reporting and accountability. But building a strong, solid foundation for an accurate data collection is not an easy task. Learn how CPSI helps states address these data challenges by automating and validating data collections in real time. This strong foundation, including business rules validation, provides states with better data from the districts

eMetric, LLC

Dixie Knight and Lauren Chiuminatto

  • eScholar is revolutionizing the way data is used to help parents, educators, and students make informed decisions, lead change, discover and achieve their goals. Our award-winning solutions simplify reporting, streamline data management, and transform how data is used to improve outcomes. Our solutions include student goal tracking, early warning systems, data warehousing, unique identifier management, collaborative dashboards, and instructional improvement solutions. We support 13 education agencies and more than 5,000 districts to serve the needs of over 20 million students across the nation. Visit us at to learn more and follow us on Twitter for the latest news: @eScholar.

ESP Solutions Group, Inc.

Josh Goodman, Glynn Ligon, and Jim Rife

  • ESP Solutions Group, Inc., 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 P20W data management. ESP Solutions Group is comprised of nationally recognized experts in implementing the data and technology requirements of state accountability systems, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the Education Data Exchange Network (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 our Optimal Reference Guides (downloads are available at To learn more, please visit us at


Ellen Wagner and Russ LIttle

  • The Predictive Analytics Reporting (PAR) Framework offers predictive analytics services to find students at risk; unique benchmarking services based on student outcomes; and intervention inventorying, tracking, and measurement services to determine where to provide the more effective support for each and all students at an institution. This demonstration will give participants the opportunity to see the PAR analyses in action: finding students at risk; knowing what to do to support those students at points and time of need; and seeing how different programs, majors, and students compare, based on over 600,000 filtered views.

Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Data Center

Lee Anne Sulzberger

  • The scope of this demonstration is informational, with resources describing the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Data Center’s (IDC) technical assistance to states, which focuses on the collection and reporting of high-quality data. The State Liaison Model will be displayed along with relevant resources and handout materials. The purpose is to introduce participants to the IDC and familiarize them with the technical assistance and resources available to states.

Infinite Campus

Mary Beth Coyne

  • 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, data on 21st Century Schools qualities, 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

Institute for Evidence-Based Change

John Watson and Mary Kay Patton

  • The Analytics team at the Institute for Evidence-Based Change (IEBC), a not-for-profit research organization, will present techniques and technologies for linking student data across segments: PreK, K–12, community college, university, and labor. For more than a decade, IEBC has worked with regional and state education agencies, garnering recognition for intelligently linking dissimilar student identifiers, developing transition metrics, and providing data-quality and data-use assistance. We will share linking examples using internal statewide longitudinal data system (SLDS) and siloed data, along with external labor and assessment data, and show how linked data are used to build fact tables and metrics to support data-use strategies.

IO Education

Peter Bencivenga

  • Using data to drive instruction is the goal. Data Walls help educators visualize and analyze where students are so that teachers can better plan instruction. The problem is that 90 percent of the time is spent gathering data and putting it together on the wall. This leaves 10 percent of the time to talk about individual students. The data are constantly changing and the physical process of updating a wall is daunting. But with a Virtual Data Wall, the equation flips—10 percent of the time is spent gathering and analyzing data and 90 percent can be spent discussing, planning, and evaluating student data. Instead of struggling to sort students based on different exams, do it in one click. IO Education’s Virtual Data Wall enables teachers to track their students’ progress, spot problem areas, and brainstorm ways to improve their lessons.

Mathematica Policy Research

Sheldon Bond, Ignacio Martinez, Raul Torres, and Alma Vigil

  • Mathematica Policy Research will demonstrate new, web-based tools to assist state and local agencies in conducting a range of data analyses:
    • Dashboards developed for the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Educational Technology as part of its Rapid Cycle Tech Evaluations project. The dashboards assist in conducting random assignment, propensity score matching, and impact analysis to evaluate the effectiveness of educational technology products or any other intervention.
    • A reporting tool developed by Mathematica’s Educator Impact Laboratory to help education agencies more cost-effectively use advanced analytics to measure and improve teacher impact on students.

National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)—MapED

Tai Phan, Andrea Conver, and Amy Ramsdell

  • MapED is a new, dynamic data-mapping tool that provides geographic context to the National Center for Education Statistics, the U.S. Census Bureau, and other education demographic data sets. The application allows users to create customized maps using the Interactive Data Map or explore our established Story Maps. MapED includes the results of the national 2013–14 School Attendance Boundary Survey (SABS). Preview the custom mapping applications created to collect school boundary data from participating districts.

P20W Education Standards Council (PESC)

Jennnifer Kim and Michael Sessa

  • P20W Education Standards Council’s (PESC) mission is to lead the establishment and adoption of data-exchange standards in education. The goals of the mission are to enable the improvement of institutional performance and foster collaboration across educational communities in order to lower costs, improve service, and attain system interoperability.


Wes Avett and Georgia Mariani

  • SAS helps state education agencies track student progress and trends longitudinally from such data as attendance, test scores, student growth, language proficiency, and other academic and nonacademic indicators. SAS enables states and districts to merge vast amounts of student and educator data from the disconnected levels of education—culminating in the development of a data-rich, state-specific longitudinal system that integrates relevant data about a student’s education, from early learning through graduate school or workforce entry. The SAS demo will showcase how states can:
    • integrate data, improve data quality, and manage metadata;
    • use timely analytics to identify current and future trends for better decisionmaking;
    • report data in a visually understandable way; and
    • equip all decisionmakers with secure, self-service reporting.

Statewide Longitudinal Data System (SLDS) State Support Team

Carla Howe, Kathy Gosa, and Corey Chatis

  • Learn more about the ways the Statewide Longitudinal Data System (SLDS) State Support Team, a group of technical assistance experts, can support your work and connect you with other states that have accomplished what you aim to achieve. You will find out how to get free, experienced help with the complicated work of planning, building, and sustaining an SLDS that has widespread use.