Schoolview: A Multistate Consortium to Foster Collaborative Data Use and Visualization

Thursday, June 20, 2013: 3:00 PM-5:00 PM
Chesapeake D-E (Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center)
Content Strands:
  1. Improving data analysis, use, and reporting
  2. Transitioning accountability systems
National policies beginning with NCLB and extending through RttT, ESEA waivers, the CCSS and the SBAC/PARCC assessment consortia have created an interstate basis of commonality enabling states to communicate with and learn from one another as they implement and refine their assessment and accountability systems. Coupled with the rapid rise of the internet, there is immense potential in the coming years for states to borrow strength from one another. This symposium brings together four states (Colorado, Rhode Island, Indiana, and Nevada) that are part of the 19 state SchoolView consortium that was begun by Colorado to share their efforts around the open source Colorado Growth Model and its data visualization tools.

In 2007, the Colorado Department of Education began development on what would become the Colorado Growth Model. The student growth percentile (SGP) methodology developed by the Colorado Department of Education is a norm- and criterion-referenced growth model that is currently being used in more than 25 states for various purposes including RttT and ESEA waivers. The SGP model is an open source analytic technique that is accompanied by a growing body of training materials and visualizations distributed under the Creative Commons BY-NC-SA[1] license allowing free distribution of the work for non-commercial purposes with the understanding that improvements/additions will be shared back with the community.

In 2012, the non-profit SchoolView Foundation was formed to coordinate efforts among states and expand the distribution of this free and open source state developed resource. Working closely with the state of Colorado, the SchoolView Foundation is helping states rapidly innovate as each builds upon the common base started by the Colorado Department of Education.  The Foundation’s mission is to revolutionize data access and engagement with insightful information about student and school performance—both within and across states.

Aligned with the NCSA’s theme on “Building Bridges/Making Transitions”, this session brings together four states currently using the SGP model and associated visualization tools to present their efforts to date in bringing growth data to their states:

Colorado: Developed the growth model and have been extending its use to their school and district performance frameworks. The model is a center piece of their ESEA waiver request which was accepted in the first round of requests submitted.

Rhode Island: A RttT winning state who are using the Growth Model as part of their teacher evaluation system and have shared growth data with schools throughout the state.

Indiana: An early adopter of the model and currently using it as part of their A to F school grading system that forms the basis of their ESEA waiver request.

Nevada: Using the model, including growth to standard, as part of their ESEA waiver request.

The symposium will begin with a presentation by Dr. Damian Betebenner from the NCIEA discussing the open source SGP methodology and the collaborative development model associated with its use by states. Following this introduction to the model, each state will present issues associated with the development, roll out, and use of the data as part of their accountability and reporting systems, particularly relating to their state’s policy context.  

Following each state’s presentation, the discussant, Richard Wenning, will discuss the synergies that cross-state work has enabled and discuss the SchoolView’s efforts to align policy directives with diverse stakeholder group interests in the states that SchoolView has worked. Richard will conclude with a discussion of future efforts for the the Foundation particularly as they relate to the transition to CCSS and the assessment SBAC/PARCC assessment consortia.