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Concurrent Session VIII Presentations

Thursday, July 26, 2018
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

VIII–A Bugs or Dirt in Your EDFacts Data: Methods for Programmers to Check Data Quality

Aaron Brown, South Carolina Department of Education

When discussing data quality, the focus is often on schools or districts accurately submitting data to the SEA so that the SEA can submit it to U.S. ED via EDFacts. This talk instead focuses on the programmer's perspective, with emphasis on checking assumptions about data (which includes evaluating how clean data is to begin with) and ensuring that no data is lost or corrupted while processing the data for EDFacts (which includes preventing additional dirt from being added.) While of primary benefit to SEA staff who generate EDFacts files, this should also be helpful for those who supervise programmers.

Complexity: Intermediate Level

VIII–B Powering Personalized Learning: From Vision to Implementation

Sean Casey, Ed-Fi Alliance
Daniela Fairchild, Rhode Island Department of Innovation
Rachel Anderson, Data Quality Campaign

For all students to be college and career ready, they need a learning experience that is tailored to their unique needs, skills, and interests. Data is a critical element that makes this personalized learning possible. This session will demonstrate how states and districts are using data to support students on their path to success. Participants will leave the session with the tools they need to articulate the vision of personalized learning and resources to help support that reality.

Complexity: Intermediate Level

VIII–C The Nation's Report Card: A Look at the New NAEP Data Explorer

Ebony Walton, National Center for Education Statistics
Emmanuel Sikali, National Center for Education Statistics
Robert Finnegan, Educational Testing Service

A helpful web application for researchers, educators, advocates, and policymakers, the NAEP Data Explorer (NDE) provides the opportunity to analyze a multitude of data on student achievement and contextual variables correlated with performance on The Nation's Report Card. Newly redesigned in 2018, the NDE makes it easier than ever for users to find data that interest them and create customized reports in a variety of formats. In this presentation, panelists will demonstrate how to navigate the NDE, share its new features, and explain the best practices that were considered during the design and development of this exciting tool.

Complexity: Entry Level

VIII–D Training for State Coordinators of the Nonfiscal Common Core of Data Collection: Part I

Mark Glander, National Center for Education Statistics
Beth Sinclair, AEM Corporation

This session will provide an overview of the EDFacts/CCD data collection process. This will be especially helpful for newly designated coordinators who may be unfamiliar with EDFacts and CCD. The session will describe the relationship between EDFacts and CCD, the roles and responsibilities of the individuals and organizations involved in the data collection, and the uses made of CCD data. Particular reporting issues will also be addressed. Time will be allowed for questions and feedback from coordinators.

Complexity: Intermediate Level

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VIII–E Our Work is not Done: The Role of Communications in Sustainability

Jean Osumi, University of Hawaii
Dan Doerger, Hawaii P-20 Partnerships for Education

How do you communicate the value of a P20W SLDS to people who do not know who you are or what you do? In Hawaii, we have always worked with our stakeholders to help guide program and policy changes, but we realized that we were not sharing these successes with a wider audience. In the past year, we have begun to tell the stories of how people are using data to improve educational and workforce outcomes. In this session, we will share how Hawaii's approach to communications and sustainability has evolved, discuss strategies that might work for other states, and facilitate discussion to find out what other states are doing to communicate their value and sustain their work.

Complexity: Entry Level

VIII–F Using Data to Shine a Light on Education Equity

Chelsea Goodly, Data Quality Campaign
Meagan Steiner, Massachusetts Department of Education

The power of data lies in its ability to help those closest to students ask and answer critical questions about what's happening in schools and classrooms. When used to inform meaningful dialogue around what's working, what's not, and how to improve, data can objectively orient schools, districts, and communities to policies and practices that matter most for equity. Join DQC and a representative from the Massachusetts Department of Education for a conversation about how you can ensure equity is at the center in your state.

Complexity: Entry Level

VIII–G How Can SEAs Equip Districts to Protect Student Data?

Kim Nesmith, Louisiana Department of Education
Amelia Vance, Future of Privacy Forum
Whitney Phillips, Utah Department of Education
Monica Bulger, Future of Privacy Forum

With the increased availability and utilization of educational technology and passage of state student data privacy laws, how do state education agencies assist districts in protecting student data and complying with privacy laws? Join us in this session as Louisiana and Utah share how they are they are training their districts. Amelia Vance from the Future of Privacy Forum (FPF) will facilitate the discussion and Monica Bulger, Senior Fellow with FPF, will provide a sneak preview of training resources that FPF is developing.

Complexity: Entry Level

VIII–H Generate Governance Group-- Guiding the Evolution of the Application

Bill Huennekens, AEM Corporation
Erik Friend, Oklahoma Department of Education
Bobby Keener, Virginia Department of Education
Dean Folkers, Nebraska Department of Education

Join the Generate Governance Group (G3) and learn about the plan for building a community of Generate users as viable group for connecting users, raising awareness of what Generate is an how it is used, visibility as a tool across the K12 landscape and providing guidance on the evolution of the tool. Feedback will be sought from participants on the plan and agenda items for future G3 meetings and work.

Complexity: Intermediate Level

VIII–J The Results Are In - Successful Strategies in Linking K12 and Higher Education Data

Bill Hurwitch, SLDS State Support Team
Andy Mehl, Idaho Office of the State Board of Education
Cathleen McHugh, Idaho Office of the State Board of Education
Tracy Korsmo, North Dakota Department of Public Instruction

States are seeing the value in linking data beyond K12 with higher education sectors. This session includes panelists from Idaho and North Dakota who will describe their data linking programs and share their experiences and results. Idaho has made significant progress in using data to increase college attendance and North Dakota is using K12 and higher education data to track teacher effectiveness. This session will highlight the successful efforts in both states to leverage SLDS data to support key policies and programs. The panel will be facilitated by Bill Hurwitch and Jeff Sellers from the SLDS State Support Team.

Complexity: Intermediate Level

VIII–K Predicting Early College Success for Indiana's High School Class of 2014

Elisabeth Davis, American Institutes for Research
Tyler Brown, Management Performance Hub

A postsecondary credential is essential in today's workforce, yet a gap in college completion remains between students from high versus low income backgrounds. To this end, REL Midwest partnered with the Indiana Network of Knowledge (now the Management Performance Hub) to examine early college success among Indiana high school graduates; focusing on different types of financial aid for low-income students. Analysts used data from the state's longitudinal data system and found that students from low income households who received a 21st Century Scholarship showed greater early college success, whereas those receiving only Pell grants showed less early college success.

Complexity: Intermediate 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