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A Date with Data, Episode 6: Two-Stepping in Nashville

In this episode of A Date with Data, we’re on stage at the 2022 IDC Interactive Institute in Music City, USA. Join us as host Amy Bitterman performs a duet with Amy Patterson, IDEA Part B Data Manager with the Kentucky Department of Education, to learn more about her role as a data-quality influencer. Up next, Amy two-steps with Richelle Davis from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs for her perspective on the importance of states and districts understanding the “why” behind collecting high-quality data—including how the data drive policy and decisionmaking.

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Upcoming: IDC Webinar

Have questions about how to respond to the requirements for SPP/APR compliance indicators? Do you lie awake at night wondering how much specificity is enough specificity when you respond to those requirements? And what about addressing compliance or the correction and verification of non-compliance findings in your state’s SPP/APR? Join host Nancy Johnson to learn more about these all-important requirements, in addition to real-life stories and strategies from states about how they get it all done.

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The New EDFacts Collection Package: Where to Begin

You may have heard that the EDFacts Information Collection Package for SY2022–23, 2023–24, and 2024–25 is now available. You may even have already begun to explore everything it has to offer. Or maybe, just maybe, you may now be wondering where to begin. Where indeed? The answer to that question is to first familiarize yourself with what has changed, including Section 618 data technical corrections, revisions to data collection categories, and the addition of some brand-new elements to the collections. 

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A Date with Data, Episode 5: First Date with the First State

For 20 years, the Delaware Department of Education has partnered with the state’s Parent Information Center to facilitate family engagement. How do these partners maintain their strong bond? Host Amy Bitterman sits down with Mary Ann Mieczkowski, Barbara Mazza, and Meedra Surratte to find out.

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Building Your SPP/APR Stakeholder Engagement Plan: 10 Essential Questions

This interactive resource guides states through 10 key questions they should ask themselves as they build their stakeholder engagement plans. Each question offers detailed options to consider that will assist states in preparing to describe their engagement activities in their SPPs/APRs.

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New Resource To Identify And Address SSIP Data Quality Issues

States developing Indicator 17 SSIPs are required to identify data quality issues in their SPPs/APRs, and this checklist can help. Your state can use it to identify and address data quality issues and avoid the potential consequences of failing to do so.

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Episode 4 of A Data with Data Just Dropped!

Building a Culture of High-Quality IDEA Data in Wisconsin
What steps is Wisconsin enacting to achieve a strong, shared data culture? What lessons has the state learned along the way? On the next A Date with Data, host Amy Bitterman sits down with special guest Seth Bishop, Data Analysis/Grant Evaluation Consultant, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, to learn the answers to these questions and a whole lot more.

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July Task List for Data Managers—Use the IDC 618 Data Collection Calendar

Be sure to check the 618 Data Collection Calendar each month to create your task list for the month. This tool outlines monthly tasks for 618 data collection reports to help states submit timely, accurate, and complete data. Activities for each data collection report may address upcoming data submissions or previous data submissions for individual months, helping states effectively plan for their 618 data collection reports. Click here to learn more and to view the calendar.

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Listen to Episode 3 of a Date with Data

Implications of Changes to the SPP/APR and Stakeholder Engagement Requirements in Oklahoma.  Amy chats with Ginger about building the capacity of districts and other stakeholders in Oklahoma to understand the changes to the SPP/APR and stakeholder engagement requirements.

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How Can You Help Stakeholders Better Understand and Use Significant Disproportionality Data? Part 2

In Part 1 of this blog post, we mentioned how one of the key goals for sharing education data is to build understanding, and we shared some raw numbers of a sample district’s significant disproportionality data.  In Part 2, we will explore how data visualization can be a powerful tool that you can use to better engage your stakeholders with this type of data.   Common forms of data visualization are graphs, charts, tables, and similar types of drawings.  However, because of the nature of significant disproportionality data, stakeholders can find it difficult to interpret the data even in a data visualization, so here are some effective strategies to enhance understanding.

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Episode 2 Just Released!

How the Pandemic and Changes to the SPP/APR Affected Arkansas's IDEA Data. In this episode, we throw a spotlight on the implications of both the pandemic and the changes to the SPP/APR for FFY 2020—2025 on Arkansas’s data quality, results, and trends. Jody and Amy discuss how Arkansas mitigated the data challenges it encountered due to the pandemic and SPP/APR changes.

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How Can You Help Stakeholders Better Understand and Use Significant Disproportionality Data? Part 1

Imagine 15 percent of your district’s special education budget is withheld suddenly because of a state finding of “significant disproportionality.” Staff and stakeholders do not fully understand why—and now you must explain in detail to your district leadership what happened and what the district must do to fix the issue.

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It’s so rewarding working with educators dedicated to bringing the spirit of IDEA alive through work at the state and local education levels. I’m always honored to be a small part of this important effort on behalf of students with disabilities across the country.

— Tamara Nimkoff
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