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While states, districts, and schools have long collected certain education data for accountability purposes and in an attempt to be more data-driven, there is growing interest in leveraging new digital learning tools, online services, educational “apps,” and other technologies in the classroom. Yet, for all the data available to us through technology, school leaders and educators still lack the ability to easily transform that data to information to help guide decisions about instruction, school administration, and operations. Simply put, education data and information systems need to be in service of learning.

SETDA developed this new report, “Transforming Data to Information in Service of Learning,” to raise awareness about the major K-12 data standards and interoperability initiatives underway to address this gap and to offer recommendations for how K-12 education can become more responsive to educators and better targeted toward individual student success. The report will help education leaders understand the context for these interoperability initiatives and their relationship to teaching and learning. The widespread implementation of new and emerging interoperability initiatives will be instrumental to realizing the full potential of technology in education.



Douglas A. Levin

Executive Director, SETDA


Named by Tech & Learning as one of the top 10 most influential people in EdTech in 2011, Douglas Levin is the Executive Director of the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA). In this position, he works with and represents U.S. state and territorial educational technology directors to other national education groups, federal policymakers, the U.S. Department of Education, the private sector, and the media. SETDA provides national leadership on technology-based education reform and school improvement, supports state members with meaningful professional.

Doug brings 20 years of Washington, DC-based education policy and research experience to SETDA, gained through prominent roles in the private and non-profit sectors. He formerly worked with the National Association of State Boards of Education, the American Institutes for Research, and Cable in the Classroom, the cable industry’s national education foundation. He played key roles in developing the nation’s first three national education technology plans and in conducting research and evaluations of major educational technology programs and initiatives, including as primary author of the groundbreaking Pew Internet study of internet-savvy students, The Digital Disconnect. By appointment of Governor McDonnell, he serves on the Virginia Open Education Curriculum Board and is a 2006 recipient of a Making It Happen award for educational technology leadership. Doug served as an IEL Education Policy Fellow from 1998-99, holds a Master of Arts degree in Sociology from George Washington University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the College of William and Mary.


Christine Fox

Director of Educational Leadership and Research, SETDA

Christine is the Director of Educational Leadership & Research for SETDA. Christine’s tasks include member professional development planning and implementation, research, and report writing. She manages the development of the annual SETDA national educational technology trends report, other SETDA research products and white papers, association professional development programs, and oversees all conference and event content. Christine Fox’s background includes experience in education and consulting. She worked as a 3rd grade teacher, ESOL coordinator, educational consultant and curriculum developer for a national whole school reform model. Christine has a Master’s degree in Teaching English as a Second Language from Florida International University and received her Bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Florida State University.


Richard Culatta

Acting Director, US Department of Education, Office of Educational Technology

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Richard Culatta is a leader in the field of educational innovation. He has worked in K-12, higher education, corporate, and government training environments. His current focus as Acting Director of the Office of Educational Technology for the US Department of Education is on using data and learning analytics to create customized learning experiences for all students. Prior to joining the Department of Education, he served as an education policy advisor to US Senator Patty Murray. Culatta is a certified Spanish teacher and active in promoting bilingual and arts education in public schools.


Neill Kimrey

Director of Digital Teaching and Learning, North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

A life-long learner and educator, Neill is beginning his 21st year in educational technology. He currently serves as the Director of Digital Teaching and Learning at the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, and has been with the NCDPI since October 2008. Prior to this, Neill was involved in technology in Stanly County Schools, North Carolina. He began his career as a computer lab assistant in 1991 and was the district’s Chief Technology Officer when he left in October 2008.

Since beginning his employment at NCDPI, Neill has reached out to begin building partnerships with many agency and groups to assist in the advocacy of instructional technology. Some of the groups and agencies include LEARN NC, the North Carolina Virtual Public School, MCNC, and the William and Ida Friday Institute for Educational Innovation.Neill has been active in educational technology at the district, regional, state, and national levels, and currently serves on various state and agency leadership committees, including the Board of Directors of the State Education Technology Directors Association.


Kayla Siler

Policy and Planning Analyst, North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

Kayla Siler is a Policy and Planning Analyst with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI). Since beginning at NCDPI in December 2007, Kayla has worked in data research, policy and strategic planning, and project management. Most recently her work has been directly connected to the reform in standards, assessments, and accountability, as well as within various projects in NC’s Race to the Top initiative. Her key area of focus has been in supporting the transition to online assessments through collaboration and communication efforts across curriculum, testing, and technology areas. Kayla completed the Education Policy Fellowship Program and received her B.A. in Political Science from Meredith College and an MPA from North Carolina State University.


James Yap

Director of Technology, Byram Hills School District, New York

Currently, James Yap  is the co-lead for the North American Advisory Board for SIF. James  was appointed  the Director of Technology in July of 2012 at Byram Hills Central School District.  In his short time there, James has already installed six SIF agents and continues to grow that environment.  He has also established a Google Apps presence and hopes to be completely cloud based for file and email storage within five years.  In 2004, James became the Director of Instructional Technology and Data Management at Ramapo Central School District and held the position for 8 years.  While there, he created a SIF environment with over 11 agents.  In 2006, James won the Excellence in Teaching and Learning award from Apple Computer for helping to implement a laptop initiative into New York School for the Deaf. Before his tenure at Ramapo, He was an educational consultant, helping teachers infuse technology into their curriculum within a problem based learning modality. James Yap started his professional career at American School for the Deaf teaching history and English in American Sign Language.   James currently resides in Highland Mills, New York with his wife of 10 years and 2 daughters.

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