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
Leveraging Data to Improve the Equity of Student Assignment to Effective Teachers Limited seats remain
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Over the past several years, the Tennessee Department of Education (TDOE) has emphasized the importance of the equity of student placement with effective teachers. This work started as an internal analysis of effective teaching gaps that evolved into static reports that were provided to districts. After a positive reception and high level of engagement with these reports, the Tennessee Department of Education partnered with SAS to develop an online reporting tool that provided a more interactive and customizable look at this data. These reports include the ability to view effective teaching gaps based on a variety of student-level characteristics at the school and district levels along with teacher and student lists to aid more equitable student placement. The presenters will highlight lessons learned during this process, interesting findings about the equity of student assignment, advice for engaging with educators in the field about this data, and potential future directions for this work.

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Laura Booker

Executive Director of Research, Tennessee Department of Education
Laura Booker is the Executive Director of Research in the Tennessee Department of Education. Prior to her current position, she has worked as the Deputy Director of Research and Policy and as a Research Analyst in the Tennessee Department of Education. She received her PhD in Education... Read More →
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Mary Batiwalla

Assistant Commissioner, TN Department of Education
Mary Batiwalla is the Assistant Commissioner of Assessment and Accountability at the Tennessee Department of Education (TDOE). In her current role she oversees assessment development and logistics, accountability, reporting, and data governance. She works to continuously improve and... Read More →
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Sylvia Flowers

Executive Director, Educator Effectiveness and Talent, Tennessee Department of Education
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Elliotte Kinzer

Regional Data Analyst and TVAAS Training Lead, Tennessee Department of Education
Elliotte Kinzer serves as the South Central CORE Data Analyst for the Tennessee Department of Education. The Tennessee Department of Education has eight regional offices called Centers of Regional Excellence (CORE). These offices are charged with providing differentiated, academic... Read More →

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