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 EDT

Show Me the Growth Data: Improving Transparency and Communication about Accountability Measures
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Measures of student growth offer a richer understanding of student performance than a one-time test score alone, but measures of student growth are not created equal. In response to public demand for more information about school quality and student success, most states are holding schools accountable for “student growth” and including this information on school report cards. But states are measuring growth in different ways, which tell different stories about schools, and they are made up of a series of calculations that aren’t always intuitive to the average consumer of data. To make sense of what this data reveals about school quality, and use it to inform decisions that improve student outcomes, everyone—from parents to policymakers—needs to be able to understand their school’s growth data.

During this interactive workshop, participants will learn about the national landscape for how growth data is being measured and reported for state accountability by hearing select findings from the Data Quality Campaign’s brief "Growth Data: It Matters, and It’s Complicated," and its third annual analysis of school report cards, "Show Me the Data." Participants will then brainstorm communications strategies and practice explaining growth measures to various audiences, including policymakers, teachers, and parents. The session will conclude with a group discussion. Participants will reflect and share with colleagues their experiences with how school-level growth data is used in practice in their state or district, envision how they hope it will be used, and identify related actions they can take to support everyone’s ability to talk about and use this data to drive improvements.

Please bring your laptop or another mobile device for this participatory session.

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Taryn Hochleitner

Senior Associate, Data Quality Campaign
As a senior associate on the policy and advocacy team at DQC, Taryn helps identify, advocate for, and support changes to policy and practice that improve the ability of everyone with a stake in education to use data to make decisions. She focuses on the role of policy in creating... Read More →

Tuesday May 21, 2019 9:30am - 10:45am EDT
Kennedy A, First Floor Charles Hotel (1 Bennett St, Cambridge, MA, USA)
Wednesday, May 22

10:15am EDT

The Odd Couple? Marrying Performance Management and Improvement Science in Chesterfield County Public Schools
Limited Capacity seats available

For the 2018-2019 school year, Chesterfield County Public Schools (CCPS) reinvented its state-mandated School Innovation and Improvement Planning process (SIIP) around the principles of performance management and improvement science. Each 63 CCPS schools completed a Preliminary Needs Assessment that led them through a review of critical data to better define goals for the SIIP process. To accommodate more meaningful and ambitious reform strategies, schools wrote three-year goals and chose quantitative data that measures interim benchmarks towards goal completion each semester. Then they selected initial action steps that they believed would move their chosen metric, which they review at the end of each semester. Movement in the measure suggests the school keep the same action steps. Measures that do not improve provides an opportunity to reflect as to whether the plan should change.

In this workshop, we will describe the development of the revised process and the principles from performance management and improvement science theory that informed this process. Participants will dig into the data, practice goal and benchmark setting, and design action steps to internalize the process. At the conclusion of this process and if time permits, participants will share feedback on the process and highlights from their plans.

Please bring your laptop to this participatory session.

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Dr. Bryan Shelly

Coordinator, Research & Evaluation, Chesterfield County Public Schools

Dr. Tinkhani White

Curriculum Coordinator, Chesterfield County Public Schools

Wednesday May 22, 2019 10:15am - 11:30am EDT
Kennedy B, First Floor Charles Hotel (1 Bennett St, Cambridge, MA, USA)