Telling Your Data’s Story: Best Practices For Reporting In Your State

Friday, June 21, 2013: 11:05 AM-12:00 PM
Maryland 3-4 (Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center)
  • CCSSO panel preso.ppt (2.9 MB)
  • Telling Your Data's Story – Design Thinking.pdf (7.8 MB)
  • Handouts
  • good-news-card-small 11-8.pdf (241.6 kB)
  • GFN_Flyer_EducatorsREV.pdf (609.7 kB)
  • Top Tips for Telling Your Data's Story.pdf (132.7 kB)
  • Content Strands:
    1. Improving data analysis, use, and reporting
    Description for Program:
    As most states move toward adopting the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), they are faced with a transition into new assessment programs with larger amounts of data. For the first time, many states have the ability to make cross-state comparisons. In this panel session, states will learn strategies for visualizing data, finding key messages, and sharing that data with a growing range of stakeholders. Join a panel of experts who have worked on reporting large data sets for NAEP, state-level assessments, and international assessments and learn how you can improve data use and tell your state’s unique story.   

    Full Abstract:

    The CCSS present a new opportunity—and challenges—for state education reporting. Many states will have the ability to compare achievement with one another for the first time, and all states will be challenged to present a range of new statistical findings. To assist states in this vast endeavor, we propose a panel discussion with experts from Hager Sharp, the National Center for Education Statistics, the Georgia Department of Education, and Levine & Associates. It will provide an ideal opportunity for states to “build bridges” and “make transitions” to the CCSS.

    During the session, states will learn strategies and best practices for visualizing data, identifying key messages, and sharing that data with a growing range of stakeholders. We will discuss questions such as: How can states learn the best ways to present data? How can they help shape the story, and navigate attempts to rank states via Common Core results? The forum will aim to share effective models for states to achieve their data use and reporting goals. Four panelists will provide perspectives and participate in a discussion with the audience.

    Hager Sharp has, for the past ten years, helped identify meaningful and relevant messages from complex statistical reports for the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), Program for International Student Assessment (PISA), Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS), and the Department of Education’s Condition of Education report. Debra Silimeo, Hager Sharp’s executive vice president, will moderate the forum and share lessons learned from a decade of education data reporting, including creating reports and other materials.  

    Using NAEP as a model, NCES’s Associate Research Scientist Angela Glymph will discuss best practices from NAEP reporting, including how NAEP looks at cross-state comparisons, and how NCES navigates issues with “ranking” states against one another. She will present some of NAEP’s strategies for maintaining accuracy and objectivity while emphasizing key findings and messages in the data.

    John Vance is president of Levine & Associates, a graphic design firm that helps translate data from a range of clients into stories that resonate with stakeholders. Vance will lend an additional perspective on data visualization and communication, discussing strategies for presenting information visually through vibrant reports and online platforms.

    Finally, attendees will hear from Dorie Turner, current Assistant Director of Communications at the Georgia Department of Education and former national education reporter for the Associated Press. Turner will discuss data reporting from the state perspective and draw upon her vision as a reporter to help states brainstorm ideas for communicating the results of their assessments to a broad audience.

    This panel has vast experience in maximizing the results and information they are disseminating to the media and to stakeholders to fit in to the larger context of education reporting. Attendees will have the opportunity to share their states’ own unique challenges, including upcoming transitions to new assessment systems, and discuss models that best need these needs. It would be an excellent addition to the conference focus, “Building Bridges, Making Transitions.”