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Implications of Virtual Education for State Longitudinal Data Systems

Thursday, November 15, 2012

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REL Midwest hosted an interactive webinar designed to engage participants in a discussion about virtual education and its implications for state longitudinal data systems (SLDS). The emerging “any time, any place, any pace” nature of many virtual education courses presents new challenges for states as they consider how to capture and integrate these types of administrative data into their SLDS. The webinar provided participants with a forum to hear practical examples from the field on how some states are addressing these issues, pose questions on the topic, and share their insights and lessons learned.

This event featured a national overview by Dorothyjean (DJ) Cratty, Associate Research Scientist at the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). Cratty drew on her experience as a program officer for the NCES Statewide Longitudinal Data Systems Grant Program, as well as the experiences of her colleagues, to lay out common state and regional challenges related to incorporating virtual education data into state-level systems. Two state-level panelists—John Brandt, Ph.D. (Information Technology Director, Utah State Office of Education), and Kurt Kiefer (Assistant State Superintendent, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction)— provided on-the-ground perspectives based on their experiences working directly on these issues.

 

Presenters

Dorothyjean (DJ) Cratty

Associate Research Scientist/SLDS Program Officer, National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)

John Brandt, Ph.D.

Information Technology Director, Utah State Office of Education

Kurt Kiefer

Assistant State Superintendent, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

 

Related Resources

National Forum on Education Statistics. (2006). Forum guide to elementary/secondary virtual education (NFES 2006–803). Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics.

National Forum on Education Statistics. (2010a). Traveling through time: The forum guide to longitudinal data systems,vol. 1: What is an LDS? (NFES 2010–805). Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics.

National Forum on Education Statistics. (2010b). Traveling through time: The forum guide to longitudinal data systems,vol. 2: Planning and Developing an LDS (NFES 2011–804). Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics.

National Forum on Education Statistics. (2011a). Traveling through time: The forum guide to longitudinal data systems,vol. 3: Effectively managing LDS data (NFES 2011–805). Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics.

National Forum on Education Statistics. (2011b). Traveling through time: The forum guide to longitudinal data systems,vol. 4: Advanced LDS usage (NFES 2011–802). Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics.