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Concurrent Session III Presentations

Wednesday, July 25, 2018
4:30 pm – 5:20 pm

III–A Introduction to the Common Core of Data: America's Public Schools

Mark Glander, National Center for Education Statistics

The Common Core of Data (CCD) is the U.S. Department of Education's primary database on public elementary and secondary education. It is an annual, comprehensive collection that gathers data on the universe of public K-12 schools and school districts. This session is for new or occasional users of public K-12 data. It will include an overview of the CCD data collection, a brief walk-through of the CCD web pages, and a demonstration of the on-line tools available for accessing CCD data.

Complexity: Entry Level

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III–B Pump Up the Volume (Of Your Data Use Training)!

Jana Chang, Hawaii Department of Education

Want people to be excited about data use? Want to energize your audience around research? Looking for a fun and fast way to figure out what kind of data people value? The first ten minutes of your data-use training are critical. The way you engage your audience sets the energy level for effective learning and collaboration. In this session, you will experience and learn how Team Hawaii uses energizers to "prime" educators for data use training, and, at the same time, how we use these energizers to build connections with our audience.

Complexity: Entry Level

III–C A Continued Focus on Data Quality

Julia Redmon, AEM Corporation
Beth Sinclair, AEM Corporation
Elizabeth Fening, U.S. Department of Education

One of the EDFacts team’s roles is to provide support to the ED data stewards and internal data users to assess the quality of EDFacts data. Come join us for a session on data quality and changes made to ED processes and resources over the past year. This session will include an overview of the CCD, CSPR, and EDFacts data quality review schedules and process, a first look at the consolidated business rules list that includes post submission data quality checks, and how ED currently uses DMS, OMB MAX, and Excel for Outreach. The team will also provide additional information to states on how to write good data notes and how ED uses the notes states provide (both during the data quality reviews and as part of file documentation).

Complexity: Entry Level

III–D States' Strategies for Promoting and Evaluating the SLDS

Robin Clausen, Montana Office of Public Instruction
Anita Larson, Minnesota Department of Education
Kathy Gosa, AEM Corporation

Are you concerned with maintaining support and funding that's needed to sustain your state's data systems? Join this session to hear from two states regarding their efforts to gain widespread use and funding for their SLDS. Montana's marketing campaign included a stakeholder survey and use of social media to reach a broader audience. Minnesota has promoted the SLEDS system and solicited feedback, and is navigating the process to obtain stable funding for their ECLDS.

Complexity: Entry Level

III–E Forum Guide to Early Warning Systems

Marilyn King, Bozeman School District #7

Early warning systems use predictive analytics to identify students who are at risk of dropping out of school, which provides targeted data that state and local education agencies (SEAs and LEAs) can use to develop student interventions that minimize negative student outcomes. The National Forum on Education Statistics is developing a new resource to help SEAs and LEAs plan, develop, implement, and use early warning systems. This session will provide an overview of the forthcoming Forum Guide to Early Warning Systems and highlight case studies from SEAs and LEAs that have implemented, or are in the process of implementing, an early warning system.

Complexity: Entry Level

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III–F Implementing Data Processes and Business Rules for Improved Data Quality

Tony Ruggiero, IDEA Data Center
Lindsay Wise, IDEA Data Center
Erik Friend, Oklahoma State Department of Education

Documenting and implementing data collection processes and business rules is key to achieving high-quality data for federal reporting and making informed policy and program decisions. This session will highlight the use of the IDEA Data Center's IDEA Data Processes Toolkit to document data processes and will introduce the newest protocol in the toolkit - the Business Rules Template. States use these tools to create and maintain consistent practices that produce valid and reliable data. Join us for an opportunity to learn about the value of documentation and how states are using it as part of their data management practices.

Complexity: Intermediate Level

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III–G Tennessee Adults use Reconnect to go Back to School

Brian Douglas, Tennessee Higher Education Commission

The Tennessee Reconnect Grant is a last-dollar scholarship program that affords Tennessee adult learners the opportunity to obtain an associate degree free of tuition and mandatory fees. This scholarship is available beginning in fall 2018. This session will discuss the details of the Tennessee Reconnect Grant and the ways in which Tennessee Reconnect Communities, the Tennessee Higher Education Commission, and Tennessee public institutions help adults learners prepare to attend college.

Complexity: Entry Level

III–H Using Tennessee's SLDS to Identify and Address Challenges in Post-Secondary Enrollment

Jason Parker, Tennessee Department of Education
Emily Wilcox, Tennessee Department of Education

With its Drive to 55 initiative, Tennessee is committed to helping more citizens earn the post-secondary degree or credential they need to access high-wage, high-skill employment. The Tennessee Department of Education is using the state's SLDS, P20 Connect, to identify systemic challenges in post-secondary enrollment and completion. Through research partnership and stakeholder engagement, Tennessee will implement and evaluate a series of interventions designed to increase seamless postsecondary enrollment of high school graduates following the 2018-19 school year. The session will preview Tennessee's vision for potential avenues of operationalizing this work statewide in the years to come.

Complexity: Intermediate Level

III–J Timely Classroom Intervention

Cory Little, Nebo School District
Steve Setzer, Kimono

Managing learning data and securely sharing it back to the student information system is one of the biggest burdens for educators today. Teachers spend far too much time entering grades into multiple systems, and manual data entry just increases the risk of errors. Learn how districts in Utah are saving teachers as much as 2 hours per day using SIF to send assignment scores from the LMS back to the SIS; even supporting grading categories and weighted score activities.

Complexity: Intermediate Level

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III–K Developing Climate Surveys to Measure School Performance in Maryland: A REL-MSDE Research-Practice Partnership

Christine Ross, Mathematica Policy Research
Dara Zeehandelaar Shaw, Maryland State Department of Education
Tim Kautz, Mathematica Policy Research

Recently, a few states have broken new ground by adopting school climate surveys as a measure of school quality for their statewide accountability systems under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). This presentation will discuss how a research-practice partnership between the REL Mid-Atlantic and MSDE helped the state to meet the challenges of designing and planning statewide surveys of students and staff to be used for ESSA accountability and school improvement. The presentation will discuss how the research-practice partnership supported survey development and will support analysis of the data and the use of the survey information for accountability and school improvement.

Complexity: Entry Level

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  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