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Concurrent Session X Presentations

Friday, July 27, 2018
9:00 am – 10:00 am

XA Two States and ESSA: The Challenges and Progress with EDFacts Submissions

Joseph Cowan, Pennsylvania Department of Education
KC Elander, North Carolina Department of Public Instruction
Elissa Seto, eScholar LLC

Learn how the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) are adapting and submitting their EDFacts files in a timely and accurate fashion with the new requirements from ESSA. PDE and NCDPI will discuss the progress it has made with its statewide data collections to support EDFacts reporting, and their adaptation of EDFacts reporting with the new parameters amended by ESSA.

Complexity: Entry Level

XB Generate - A Look at Implementation and Improving Data Quality

Lindsay Wise, Center for the Integration of IDEA Data
Melissa Swann, Nevada Department of Education

Generate is a free tool developed by the Center for Integration of IDEA Data (CIID) that automates and simplifies IDEA EDFacts submission. It is built using Common Education Data Standards (CEDS) elements, definitions, and option sets. As the pilot state, Nevada and CIID relied on each other as partners to install Generate for the first time. In addition to learning about the process of installation, participants will hear a discussion of challenges overcome and successes around data quality. Nevada will share how the state is looking ahead and planning for sustainability and data consistency in future years.

Complexity: Intermediate Level

XC States Getting Support Along the Data Collection to Data Use Highway

Gayra Ostgaard, Minnesota Department of Education
Rick Thompson, South Carolina Department of Education
Nancy Copa, AEM Corporation
Kathy Gosa, AEM Corporation
Duane Brown, AEM Corporation

Looking for assistance along the data collection to data use highway? Come learn how Minnesota and South Carolina are accessing free technical assistance across four TA sources (CIID, CEDS, SLDS, and EDFacts PSC) to help accelerate their work with CEDS mapping, data collection and reporting, data system modernization, governance, data quality, Generate, EDFacts modernization, and sustainability. This interactive session will help you get up to speed with what's available and how to access these TA supports to move your state along the data highway.

Complexity: Intermediate Level

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XD Leveling the Technology Playing Field: Ed-Fi and the Equity Case for Interoperability

Dean Folkers, Nebraska Department of Education
Don Dailey, Michigan Data Hubs - Kalamazoo RESA
Maureen Wentworth, Ed-Fi Alliance

Every student deserves a high-quality education. Ensuring equity in our schools requires that we also think about the technology tools and information systems available to our schools and districts across our states. This session will highlight great work happening in states to ensure equitable access to information and technology systems that support all students.

Complexity: Entry Level

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XE Creating Evidence to Achieve Equity: Jump-Starting a Research Partnership with Wisconsin's Statewide Longitudinal Data System

Kerry Lawton, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
Eric Grodsky, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Maria Cancian, University of Wisconsin-Madison

This session will present a case study of a research partnership designed to leverage Wisconsin's longitudinal data system to better understand barriers to equal opportunity and close long standing achievement gaps. Presenters will describe how they developed specific studies through the partnership and present initial findings on identifying equity-promoting practices and creating more nuanced measures of economic disadvantage. The presenters will also focus discussion on the partnerships created, including: (a) how they were formed, (b) the benefits they bring to projects focused on equity, and (c) current efforts to institutionalize the partnership to achieve sustainability and long-term mutual benefit.

Complexity: Entry Level

XF New Findings from National Teacher and Principal Survey (NTPS) and School Survey on Crime and Safety (SSOCS)

Maura Spiegelman, National Center for Education Statistics
Rachel Hansen, National Center for Education Statistics

The National Center for Education Statistics conducts sample surveys of principals, school administrators, and teachers in order to understand topics and experiences in K-12 education that cannot be addressed solely from administrative data. For example, NTPS asks questions about instructional time, principals' working conditions and perceptions, and teachers' workloads, salaries, and satisfaction. SSOCS asks questions about school security staff, school climate, and threat assessment teams. Join us to learn more about these surveys and to discuss recent findings on topics of interest to teachers, principals, and local and state education agencies.

Complexity: Intermediate Level

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XG Building a Continuum of Training for Educator Dashboards

Kristen Reynolds, Texas Education Agency

Implementing educator-facing dashboards requires differentiated training for a variety of users, ranging from technical and navigational training to guidance for data use and instructional support. Join Texas as we discuss how feedback from the field and inspiration from other states has shaped how we approach training and how we ensure that different audiences feel informed, supported, and prepared for success. We'll cover changes to materials and delivery and introduce a new initiative around data use professional development and technical assistance.

Complexity: Intermediate Level

XH Now What?: Analytic Tools that Use Integrated Early Childhood Data to Support Decision-Making

Missy Coffey, AEM Corporation
Bentley Ponder, Georgia Department of Early Care & Learning
Howard Morrison, Texas Education Agency
Courtney Petrosky, Minnesota Department of Education

As states work to build the infrastructure and processes to integrate early childhood data, they must begin to use the data for decision making. This session will focus on the progress of four ECDataWorks partner states who are developing innovative, analytic tools that use integrated early childhood data to support key audiences. Representatives from each state will introduce the tools they have been developing, share successes and challenges of the development process, and highlight how the tools will support their state's work. Participants will be encouraged to ask questions and participate in discussion.

Complexity: Intermediate Level

XJ Demystifying Pathways Data: Career Pathways, Competency Pathways, Credential Pathways, Content Pathways

Jim Goodell, QIP/EDTAP
Pam Frugoli, U.S. Department of Labor
Cam Scott, Boston Public Schools
Donald Dailey, Kalamazoo RESA (MI)

This interactive session will start with an overview of the landscape of existing and emerging data standards and specifications for career, competency, credential, and content pathways, the conceptual similarities/differences and state and local use cases. That will lead into a lively discussion with panelists and participants about pathways data sets and uses.

Complexity: Entry Level

XK Using Data to Strengthen High School Transition

Jessica Jackson, DC Office of the State Superintendent

This session will focus on soliciting feedback for the Bridge to High School Data Exchange ( This was created by schools, for schools, to equip educators with key student-level information and opportunities to connect with one another in order to better serve rising 9th graders. We'll start with a general overview of current data elements and program activities, then share ideas for the future of the project. In addition, we'll ask for participants to provide feedback on these ideas, as well as their own insights for capturing qualitative and quantitative information to better serve Washington, DC's students during high school transition.

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