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Engaging legislators to secure support for the slds
Engaging Legislators to Secure Support for the SLDS

  • Tuesday, October 30, 2012

  • Bob Swiggum, Georgia Department of Education

  • Michael Archibeque, New Mexico Public Education Department

  • Tracy Korsmo, North Dakota Department of Public Instruction


Georgia: It’s Not Just about SLDS

North Dakota: An SLDS Initiated by Demand

New Mexico: New Mexico’s P-20W System

Questions & Answers

Engaging legislators to secure support for the slds

It s n ot j ust about slds
It’s Not Just About SLDS

It’s about integrating Technology into Education – a holistic approach

  • Three legged stool – HW, SW, and a plan

It s not just about slds
It’s Not Just About SLDS

Types of Influence to Use

  • Direct influence: follow their agenda and guide

    • Technology funding recalculation – QBE

    • Legislation – SB289 and HB175

  • Indirect influence: have others carry your message

    • Legislation reports carried by district superintendents

    • Budget increase requests carried by State Board of education

    • Value of technology carried by teachers, administrators & parents

    • Integration with Governor’s priorities carried by the Governor’s staff

Engaging legislators to secure support for the slds

An SLDS Initiated

by Demand

North Dakota

Commission on education improvement
Commission on Education Improvement

Governor’s Commission on Education Improvement

  • Chaired by Governor Dalrymple and comprised of administrators, educators, legislators, and private sector leaders from across the state. The Commission was created in 2006 to address equity and adequacy in K-12 funding

Commission on education improvement1
Commission on Education Improvement


  • ND State Scholarship and graduation requirements

  • ACT for all 11th grade or WorkKeys

  • Interim assessment (MAP at 90%) grades 2–10 aligned with state standards

  • Career interest inventory that accompany the PLAN or Pre-SAT

  • Funded Pearson PowerSchool statewide, finishing rollout by Dec 2013

Commission on education improvement2
Commission on Education Improvement


  • State Longitudinal Data System

    • That will allow K-12 student information to be placed in a data warehouse and combined later with information from higher education and Job Service, to produce a comprehensive picture of the effectiveness of state education programs and workforce development initiatives

  • Consulting firm recommended the SLDS as part the state proposal and told the committee to expect the cost at 20M and fail the first time

Engaging legislators to secure support for the slds

SLDS Committee

  • Formed in 2007 by the Governor and legislature to Plan and Budget for the SLDS

  • 2009 SLDS Committee re-authorized to build the SLDS

  • 2011 More authority granted to the SLDS Committee such that any agency must supply data requested, while providing for individual privacy regulations

Engaging legislators to secure support for the slds

SLDS Structure

  • Maintained by the Information Technology Dept (ITD) – Centralized IT dept

  • SLDS staff are ITD employees

    • 4 positions for the SLDS combined with ITD BI staff and database administrators

  • Single system

    • K12 IES Grantee State 2009

    • Workforce development program data

    • WDQI grant 2010 and IES Postsecondary P20 grant 2012

Engaging legislators to secure support for the slds

Legislative and Governor appointed members

  • Chair: State CIO Lisa Feldner

    • Former district technology director

    • DR. in educational leadership

  • Governors office

    • Appointee very active

  • Rep. Rae Ann Kelsch,

    • Chairman House Education Committee Chair

      • Study developmental education issues with DPI and HE

    • Education funding and taxation

Engaging legislators to secure support for the slds

Legislative and Governor appointed members

  • Rep. Bob Skarpol

    • Chairman Appropriations Education and Environment

  • Sen. Don Schaible

    • Replaced Rep Skarpol

    • Information Technology Committee

      • Involved in HE and state IT budgets

      • Past President Mott/Regent School Board

Slds engaging legislators
SLDS Engaging Legislators

SLDS Committee Reports

  • Recommendations for further development, cost proposals, proposals for legislation, and data sharing governance

    • Information Technology Committee (Shaible)

    • Interim Committee on education issues

      • Higher education (Skarpol) and secondary education (Kelsh)

    • Interim Committee on economic development

  • Demonstrations!!!!!

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SLDS Engaging Legislators

Engaging through K12 Organizations

  • ND Association of Education Technology Leaders

  • ND Council of Education Leaders

    • Active member in the SLDS, Gov. Commission, Conferences

  • LEAD Center and Regional Education Associations

    • LEAD (develop excellence in educational leadership)

    • Contractually are performing statewide training

    • Presenting to legislative committees on the SLDS

      • Ownership has been spread to education organizations

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SLDS Engaging Legislators

Engaging through the LEA

  • LEA feedback to their legislative representatives

    • K12 Data Management Committee

      • District members, SEA, ITD SLDS, PowerSchool Team

        • Govern data collected

    • PowerSchool leverage

      • Vertical reporting to the SEA through automated collections

        • More data without burdening the districts

      • Assessment data directly from the vendors

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SLDS Engaging Legislators

Engaging through Postsecondary and Workforce

  • New Chancellor of the University

    • Publically committed to supply data to the SLDS

    • Discusses the SLDS in committee

  • Workforce

    • Committed to research using the SLDS on K12 dropouts and their outcomes

Engaging legislators to secure support for the slds

Engaging legislators
Engaging Legislators

Educational Data System – HB 70

  • Collect, integrate, and report longitudinal student-level and educator data (PreK-20)

  • Conduct research & evaluation of federal, state, and local education programs

  • Ensure audit compliance with federal and state requirements

    Establish the Statewide Data Systems Council

  • Membership – State agencies, local education agencies, higher education institutions, legislative liaisons

  • Developed a P20W Strategic Plan in 2008

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Engaging Legislators

Executive Oversight Committee – Data Capture & Exchange

  • Membership – PED, HED, DWS, CYFD, DOH, HSD, Legislative Liaisons

  • Data Governance Development

  • Development of 2012–2015 Strategic Plan

  • Governor’s Status Report

  • Quarterly Meetings

    P20W Work Group – Signed Data Sharing & Exchange MOU

  • Public Education Department (PED)

  • Higher Education Department (HED)

  • Department Of Workforce Solutions (DWS)

  • Children, Youth and Families (CYFD)

  • Department of Health (DOH)

  • Human Services Division (HSD) – to be added

P 20w work group
P-20W Work Group

Data Dictionary

  • An initial data dictionary has been developed

  • This development has been produced with all three entities participation

  • The data dictionary will adhere to the Common Education Data Standard

    Data Storage

  • The three entities have agreed to provide relevant data in a SQL format.


  • The reporting system going to be use for this system with be Microsoft Reporting Services integrated into a SharePoint environment.

  • This is a proven and cost effective tool for reporting.

  • PED has used this technology in the past three years and it has proven to be secure and reliable.

Next steps
Next Steps

Initializing the SQL System

  • Using the data dictionary to create a SQL database

    Creating the SharePoint and Reporting Services Environment

  • PED, HED and DWS will work together to setup environment. ETA (11/15/12)

    Report Development

  • Reports will be developed first to address the 17 questions in the legislation

  • Report development based on agency needs

New mexico s educational data dashboard
New Mexico’s Educational Data Dashboard

Michael & Susan Dell Foundation - Data Dashboard Toolkit

  • Student

  • Classroom/Teacher

  • Campus/School

  • District Administration

  • Policy Makers & Public

K12 slds p 20w working progress
K12 SLDS – P-20W Working Progress

Mapping and Implementation

  • PED worked with vendor to create a mapping between the dashboard products' dataset (Ed-Fi ODS) and the PED STARS system.

  • Mapping was possible in 11 of 14 Ed-Fi ODS domains

  • Mapping process identified existing data and status of data

  • PED has the detailed mapping results, poised for implementation

    Legislative Reporting and Analysis

  • Analyzed past data requests

  • Identified reports and charts for display

Data systems considerations
Data Systems Considerations

NM PED would benefit from developing a long-term comprehensive data management vision and plan

  • Ed-Fi Dashboard pilot could be one part

  • Shared vision with buy-in at appropriate levels, with understanding of policy changes needed to be successful state-wide

    PED would need to devote adequate resources to support external resources for infrastructure and data needs

    PED would have to lead the course for interactions with state level and district level discourse

    Ongoing maintenance and upkeep requirements would need to be resourced appropriately

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Next Steps

Identify 4 Pilot Districts

  • Consider having 4 districts with the same Student Information System

  • Albuquerque Public Schools (APS) should be considered even without the symmetry of the Student Information System

    • APS would always impact 1/3 of our public education students

  • These pilot districts will be required to work with the EdFi ODS database to be able to submit the timely data that is not included in STARS (Discipline, Attendance)

Risk benefit


  • Extensive proof of concept at State level and District level

  • Valuable, timely metrics

  • Powerful marketing tool for PED

  • Collaboration with our State Legislators and Analysts

  • Extensive Reporting Capabilities


  • Significant effort required to develop exchanges with districts/schools

  • Significant policy risk if legislative support does not materialize for statewide implementation

Engaging legislators to secure support for the slds

Contacts additional resources
Contacts & Additional Resources

Contact information:

Bob Swiggum, RSwiggum@doe.k12.ga.us

Michael Archibeque, Michael.Archibeque@state.nm.us

Tracy Korsmo, tkorsmo@nd.gov

Jeff Sellers, jeff.sellers@sst-slds.org

For more information on engaging legislators:

Alternative Sources of Support for SLDS Work: SLDS Best Practices Brief: http://nces.ed.gov/programs/slds/pdf/best_practices2b.pdf

Stakeholder Communication: SLDS Best Practices Brief: http://nces.ed.gov/programs/slds/pdf/best_practices.pdf