This year’s conference theme, "Strength in Numbers," is a celebration of a decade of data-informed progress from across our network and an opportunity to discuss our future direction. Join us for our 10th-anniversary celebration. We will look back at the evidence-informed progress we’ve made as a sector but also look forward to the pressing issues of the day. This year the event will take place at the Charles Hotel in Cambridge, MA from May 20–22, 2019. 

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Tuesday, May 21 • 9:30am - 10:45am
Different Shades of Attendance—Examining Attendance Data beyond ADA and Chronic Absence Breakout Session
Limited Capacity seats available

Attendance is one of the most common data points captured in a local education agency (LEA)’s student information system. Besides the compliance-driven reporting of ADA and chronic absenteeism rates, what are the different shades/facets of attendance data that can provide more insightful data stories? This session intends to draw from three case studies at two LEAs to provide a fresh perspective on the effective use of attendance data in policy-related discussions. How can a comparison of costs-per-attended-hour help an LEA determine the academic return on investment for summer programs? How can class-period attendance data help reveal an attendance pattern for student preference for Physical Education over other courses? How is attendance related to student athletes’ school engagement and overall academic achievement? Our findings will highlight the opportunities and challenges of using administrative attendance data to address questions such as how student engagement can be improved by capitalizing on the attraction of physical activity, and how stakeholders can have a data-driven discussion over resource allocations for summer learning, physical activities and beyond when budget constraints and accountability pressures loom.

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Tim Schmandt

Director of Procurement, Rochester City School District
Tim is a Master Black Belt in Lean Six Sigma and has taught Cost Management Strategies in over 10 countries. His work has focused on data analysis, experimental design, benchmarking, and finance. He has recently presented Economic Evaluation and Academic Return on Investment strategies... Read More →
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Hannah Page

Drew Charter School, Director of Data
Hannah is the Director of Data for Drew Charter School, an innovative cradle to career K-12 school in metro Atlanta. In this role, she manages all data and presents regularly to stakeholders. Hannah is particularly interested in how data can support successful equity practices. Previously... Read More →
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Jing Che

Senior Research Analyst, Rochester City School District
Jing Che is a Senior Research Analyst for the Rochester City School District. Prior to her current position, she was an Educational Data Strategist for the Rochester City School District. She is also a Strategic Data Project Cohort 5 Data Fellow. Prior to joining to the school district... Read More →
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Richard DiSalvo

Graduate Student, University of Rochester
Richard DiSalvo is a PhD candidate at the University of Rochester Department of Economics. He is currently a Research Support Analyst for the Rochester City School District. Richard studies education, health, and environmental policy using administrative and survey data. He is currently... Read More →
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Ray Giamartino

Chief Accountability Officer, Rochester City School District
Dr. Ray Giamartino, Jr. is the Chief Accountability and Integrity Officer and IRB Chair in the Rochester City School District. In his role, he currently leads state and federal reporting; long-range trend student projection planning; attendance, suspension, assessment and graduation... Read More →

Tuesday May 21, 2019 9:30am - 10:45am EDT
Longfellow B, First Floor Charles Hotel (1 Bennett St, Cambridge, MA, USA)