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Concurrent Session II Presentations

Tuesday, August 1, 2017
3:30 pm – 4:20 pm

II-A How the Regional Educational Laboratories (REL) Program Partners With Stakeholders to Use Evidence

Felicia Sanders and Elizabeth Eisner, National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance, U.S. Department of Education

The purpose of this session is to share information about the new Regional Educational Laboratories (REL) Program contract cycle, which began January 3, 2017. This presentation will focus on how RELs partner with state and local education agencies to address high-leverage education problems through (1) applied research, (2) dissemination of scientifically valid research, and (3) technical assistance related to the application and use of scientifically valid research. The presenters will provide a menu of services the RELs provide, share timelines for planning and executing projects, and provide specific examples of how RELs have partnered with states to carry out this work.

Complexity: Entry Level

II–B Giving a State Perspective on Assistance From the U.S. Department of Education

Charlotte Ellis, Maine Department of Education
Nancy Copa, Common Education Data Standards, AEM Corporation
Bill Huennekens, Center for the Integration of IDEA Data, AEM Corporation
Jeff Sellers, Statewide Longitudinal Data Systems, AEM Corporation

What do the Common Education Data Standards (CEDS), Center for Integrated IDEA Data (CIID), and Statewide Longitudinal Data Systems (SLDSs) have in common? YOU! This session will discuss how these three federally funded initiatives are collaborating to help states with their burdens related to data collection, data management, and/or data use. Hear from one state that has capitalized on this assistance. States will have an opportunity to ask questions and propose ideas for additional collaboration efforts.

Complexity: Intermediate Level

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II–C Accessing State-Level Data for National and International Comparisons

Lauren Musu-Gillette, Joel McFarland, and Tom Snyder, National Center for Education Statistics

Many National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) annual reports, such as The Condition of Education and Indicators of School Crime and Safety, provide state- and local-Level statistics. This session will review the range of state-Level data that are available in our annual publications and on the NCES website, with a particular focus on administrative data sources. The presenters will also show you where to find subnational data for the U.S. and other countries to help you understand how variability in the U.S. compares internationally.

Complexity: Entry Level

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II–D They Said What? Privacy Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) Teacher Focus Groups Training Needs Identified

Eric Gray and Baron Rodriguez, Privacy Technical Assistance Center

With the Privacy Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) in existence for nearly seven years, we’ve heard loud and clear that teachers and administrators are where we need to focus our efforts on privacy and data security. To do so properly, PTAC conducted an exhaustive information-gathering exercise of more than 70 teachers and administrators from 17 schools covering rural, urban, small, large, and medium-sized schools. Learn about the surprising and not-so-surprising findings that came out of these meetings. This is a great opportunity for you to respond to those findings and give us direction and ideas on how to best reach educators as the privacy and data security landscape continues to evolve.

Complexity: Entry Level

II–E How South Dakota Encourages Data Use Through Engaging and Relevant Reporting

Sara Kock and Kim Carlson, South Dakota Department of Education

At the South Dakota Department of Education, data use is a high priority. One tool for data access is the SD-STARS, South Dakota’s K–12 Statewide Longitudinal Data System (SLDS). District users, such as superintendents and teachers, can log into SD-STARS and view reports created for educators by educators. During this presentation, attendees will hear how reports in SD-STARS are created, learn what report resources are used, view current reports, and hear about South Dakota’s next step in engaging districts in reporting and data use.

Complexity: Intermediate Level

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II–F Did the Program Actually Work? Toward Review of Impact on Students as the Statewide Norm

Stephen Best, Michigan Department of Education
Ben Hansen, University of Michigan

The presenters will describe their collaboration aiming to promote high-quality, rapid turnaround evaluation of programs throughout the state of Michigan, by connecting student-Level data directly to privacy-preserving program evaluation software. The pilot project estimates effectiveness of an in-service training program offered to K–8 teachers in the state since 2011, leveraging the statewide longitudinal data system to estimate downstream as well as near-term program effects while observing What Works Clearinghouse standards for quasi-experimental analysis. Analytics software developed in a parallel University of Michigan-RTI International collaboration, the Evaluation Engine, will allow approved researchers and administrators to perform similar analyses of other Michigan programs, whatever their statistical training.

Complexity: Intermediate Level

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II–G Common Education Data Standards (CEDS) Normalized Data Schema (NDS) Connector Project

Ross Santy, National Center for Education Statistics
Larry Fruth, A4L Community
Alex Jackl, Bardic Systems

Generate, a free tool developed by the Center for Integration of IDEA Data (CIID), is helping state education agencies integrate their Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) data with statewide longitudinal data systems to automate and simplify the reporting requirement for IDEA EDFacts and State Performance Plan/Annual Performance Reports. The A4L Community is gathering stakeholders to standardize, automate processes, and help increase the efficiency of data submissions using Common Education Data Standards (CEDS) elements, definitions, and option sets, which are aligned with the SIF Implementation Specifications. If you demand that vendors include a freely available CEDS Normalized Data Schema (NDS) Connector in their products, they automatically move data into Generate, lessening burden, shortening time, and increasing data quality. This session will examine these and other capabilities of Generate.

Complexity: Intermediate Level

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II–H Facilities Information Management

Marilyn King, Bozeman School District #7 (MT)

Well-maintained, safe facilities are a critical element of a high-quality educational environment. Both facilities maintenance and the management of facilities information require substantial resources and organization. In 2012, the Forum published The Forum Guide to Facilities Information Management: A Resource for State and Local Education Agencies, which provides a framework for collecting, evaluating, and maintaining education facilities data. This year the Forum is working on an updated guide that will focus more on local education agencies and address issues related to the intersection between facilities and student learning, staff retention, maintenance and budget efficiencies, and school climate. Please join us to discuss the development of this resource, which is expected to be released later this year.

Complexity: Entry Level

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II–I The Evolution of Georgia’s State Longitudinal Data System

Bob Swiggum, Georgia Department of Education

Since receiving a grant from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) in 2010 to build a statewide longitudinal data system (SLDS), Georgia’s SLDS has undergone continual improvement to a point where it has become the primary tool used by Georgia’s educators, administrators, students, and parents, with over 200,000,000 views. The presenter will share Georgia’s story so others can see the full potential of their state’s SLDS.

Complexity: Entry Level

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II–J InformED: Developing a World-Class Open Data Infrastructure at the U.S. Department of Education

Nikki Churchwell and Ivan Metzger, U.S. Department of Education

The U.S. Department of Education is committed to making its data open and accessible for all users. Join us for a deep dive into InformED, the Department’s primary open data initiative. Learn more about how we have approached open data at the Department and the progress we have made since launching the InformED initiative. See demonstrations of new open data resources, including an interactive data story on chronic absenteeism and the Department’s first centralized location of resources for the developer community. We will also share plans for future work and discuss challenges and lessons learned, including insights on building the right team and practicing user-centered design.

Complexity: Entry Level

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G Rhode Island Second Level
H Pennsylvania Second Level
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