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Concurrent Session I Presentations

Wednesday, July 25, 2018
2:30 pm – 3:20 pm

IA School Courses for the Exchange of Data (SCED)

Susan Williams, Virginia Department of Education

School Courses for the Exchange of Data (SCED) provides voluntary, common course codes that state and local education agencies use to manage and compare course information, develop course catalogs, and efficiently exchange coursetaking records. SCED is also used to facilitate education research, including National Center for Education Statistics transcript studies. The National Forum on Education Statistics has developed a suite of tools and resources to help education agencies implement and use SCED. Join us to learn more about these tools and resources, and discuss the numerous ways that education agencies are using SCED.

Complexity: Entry Level

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IB Disclosure Avoidance: Policy and Practice

Julia Bloom-Weltman, AEM Corporation
Michael Hawes, U.S. Department of Education
Adrian Peoples, Delaware Department of Education
Jill Stacey, Colorado Department of Education

This presentation is for those who understand the necessity for protecting privacy when public reporting, but who have questions or concerns about implementation. We will start with a discussion of best practices in disclosure avoidance policies, and then will provide examples of how to implement a policy into practice. Delaware will show their standardized practice of complementary suppression. The U.S. Department of Education will present on best practices for applying complementary suppression and blurring methods to several scenarios.

Complexity: Intermediate Level

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IC Early Childhood Homelessness State Profiles: Leveraging EDFacts for Interagency Data Use

Amy Yamashiro, U.S. Department of Education
Erica Lee, U.S. Department of Education
John McLaughlin, U.S. Department of Education

This session examines how an interagency working group used EDFacts data to inform an annual document, Early Childhood Homelessness State Profiles. The state profiles include EDFacts data, Health and Human Services data, and Census data to provide a snapshot of early childhood homelessness by state. The speakers will describe the importance of the early childhood homelessness data, the impetus for the State Profiles product, the rationale for using EDFacts data, and reserve time for a general discussion.

Complexity: Entry Level

ID Balancing Student Privacy and Providing Useful Data

Katherine Edwards, Minnesota Department of Education
Gayra Ostgaard, Minnesota Department of Education
Kara Arzamendia, Minnesota Department of Education

Have you ever looked at data and found that with a little bit of easy math you could work backwards to find data that had been suppressed for data privacy reasons? Minnesota will present their current proposal of determining rules for secondary suppression as well as the process they are completing to get stakeholder feedback on ensuring the data will continue to be as useful as possible to researchers and school personnel without access to secure data.

Complexity: Intermediate Level

IE Dual Enrollment Data Collected in a Postsecondary Survey

Richard Reeves, U.S. Department of Education

Dual enrollment may be increasing both in the number of secondary/postsecondary partnerships, and in terms of the number of students using this track. The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) is considering expanding its collection to count secondary education students enrolled in postsecondary institutions under an agreement with secondary schools, districts, counties, state, or other level of governance. This talk will review findings from a Technical Review Panel held by RTI at NCES and a paper commissioned under the National Postsecondary Education Cooperative.

Complexity: Intermediate Level

IF Connecting the Dots: From Data Visualization to Useful Information

Kerry Friedman, SRI International
Haidee Bernstein, Westat
Meredith Miceli, U.S. Department of Education

Data professionals know that communicating data through visualization is key to promoting the understanding and use of data. However, creating effective data displays can require time, skill, and specialized tools. This session will share multiple straightforward ways to improve how your data is displayed and showcase low-cost or no-cost data visualization tools through a series of data visualization makeovers, including data maps, qualitative displays, charts, and more. State Special Education and Early Intervention data visuals will demonstrate how effective data visualization supports data quality and use.

Complexity: Entry Level

IG Empowering Parents: Mississippi's ESSA Report Card

Ben Sylve, Mississippi Department of Education
Deborah Donovan, Mississippi Department of Education

The Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) is strategically focused on providing the community with a world-class data system to improve student outcomes. With the ESSA Report Card MDE is taking advantage of the opportunity to engage parents on providing a report card that is easy to understand, easy to use, and easy to access.

This session will describe how MDE is engaging parents, overcoming project obstacles such as procurement road blocks, and implementing project management methodologies to ensure alignment with parent, State, and Federal stakeholder requirements and timelines. The Mississippi report card will be presented during the session.

Complexity: Entry Level

IH Through the Looking Glass: A Review of LEA Website Transparency by PTAC

Eric Gray, U.S. Department of Education
Baron Rodriguez, U.S. Department of Education

Do you ever wonder how transparent your school's or district's website is? Are you concerned that your web presence isn't providing enough information to your stakeholders, or do you think you're doing good enough? Come see how you stack up! Join the Privacy Technical Assistance Center in their newest endeavor: a review of LEA websites for transparency best practices. Come find out how PTAC proposes to do this review (including the proposed timeline, mix of schools, etc.), what criteria we intend to look at, and help them discuss and refine their approach. Come for the discussion and stay for a review and further discussion of transparency best practices and learn what you can do to communicate more efficiently and creatively with your stakeholders so that they get the information that they need with a minimum of effort!

Complexity: Intermediate Level

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IJ State Leadership for Interoperability: Leveraging Data for Academic Excellence

Dean Folkers, Nebraska Department of Education
Tracy Weeks, State Education Technology Directors' Association
Patches Hill, Delaware Department of Education
Angie Baker, Georgia Departmet of Eudcation

Let's take the concept of interoperability out of the server room and into the classroom by demonstrating how it impacts students directly. We can change the debate around why we seek interoperable systems from creating efficiencies and easing collection burden to empowering data driven decisions for students and ensuring support and services are delivered. In this session we will explore state use cases for interoperability as well as identify success and challenges to implementation. You will leave with a resource for making the case to your leadership for interoperability and a feeling of solidarity with states along the journey.

Complexity: Entry Level

IK Data on Parents and Teachers from the American Community Survey

Paula Mae Cooper, U.S. Census Bureau
Devin Zibulsky, U.S. Census Bureau

The Education Demographic, Geographic, and Economic (EDGE) Program utilizes American Community Survey (ACS) data collected by the U.S. Census Bureau to provide education-relevant data. This presentation highlights some notable recent results from EDGE's data on parents and teachers and provides guidance on how to access these data for analysis. EDGE provides hundreds of demographic, economic, and social characteristics of parents for the nation, states, and school districts. While limited to the nation and states, the tabulations on teachers contain estimates and median wages by a number of characteristics, including demographic, educational, and housing.

Complexity: Entry Level


  Room Location
A Palm Court Ballroom Lobby Level
B Senate Room Lobby Level
C East Ballroom Lobby Level
D Chinese Ballroom Lobby Level
E Virginia Second Level
F South Carolina Second Level
G Rhode Island Second Level
H Pennsylvania Second Level
J New Hampshire Second Level
K New Jersey Second Level