K-12 Data Standards and Interoperability: Overview and Issues
In May 2013, SETDA released a new report, “Transforming Data to Information in Service of Learning,” to raise awareness about major K-12 data standards and interoperability initiatives and to offer recommendations for how K-12 education can become more responsive to educators and better targeted toward individual student success through these efforts. Join us at this interactive session to get an overview of this new work and to help shape future SETDA work on this increasingly important topic, including a focus on security/privacy issues and best practices in state/local procurement.
Doug Levin, SETDA, Executive Director
Christine Fox, SETDA, Director of Educational Leadership & Research
Out of Print: Reimagining the K-12 Textbook in a Digital Age
The SETDA report, “Out of Print” highlights the sea change underway in the multi-billion dollar U.S. K-12 instructional materials market enabled by recent technology and intellectual property rights innovations. With a focus on the ultimate impact on student learning, the report provides examples of lessons learned from recent digital and open (OER) content initiatives by leading states and school districts and offers comprehensive recommendations for government, industry, and educators to ensure that the inevitable shift to digital instructional materials improves student achievement and engagement and efficiently uses scarce resources. Come hear about states leading this shift – and offer your input and comments about ways we can work together to hasten it.
Doug Levin – SETDA, Executive Director
Geoff Fletcher – SETDA, Deputy Executive Director
Public Procurement – the view from the State House
A guided tour of public procurement processes from the perspective of Jeff Mao (ME) and Peter Drescher (VT). Hear from their perspective how the public procurement processes works, and learn about how you can more effectively respond to public sector RFPs. Jeff Mao has been the RFP administrator for the last two Maine Learning Technology Initiative (MLTI) RFPs which will provide 1:1 learning programs to over 120,000 students since 2006. Peter Drescher represented Vermont on the most recent MLTI RFP this winter that has established multi-state master contracts that any State can now leverage to support 1:1 computing programs.
Jeff Mao (ME) – Learning Technology Policy Director
Peter Drescher (VT) – Education Technology Coordinator
Technology Readiness for Common Core Assessment
SETDA is advising both of the two general assessment consortia, Smarter Balanced and PARCC, tasked with measuring the Common Core standards in 2014-15 on issues of technology readiness. While 33 states are already doing some amount of high-stakes online testing, for most states the implementation of PARCC and SBAC assessments will represent the first large- scale implementation of computer-based testing in their schools. Come hear the latest on the consortia’s technology readiness tool, guidance on instructional technology purchases, and about SETDA resources available on this important topic.