Linking State Data Systems toLocal Reforms     Dr. Christopher A. Thorn, Assistant Scientist          Value-Added Research...
Lessons from Multiple Projects•       Center for Educator Compensation Reform    –      Provide technical assistance to 34...
Complex problems and team approach• Value-Added Analytics  – Economists and Statisticians• Data Systems and Data Structure...
Complexity calls for formal       approaches to problem solving• Focus:  –   Organizational design and management  –   Hum...
Core Information System Gaps• Many HR systems do not handle multiple roles well  (or at all)• SIS focused on managing stud...
Data Quality Problems• Poor links between students and teachers• Limited data linking teachers to students by  subject tau...
Analytical Gaps in           Accountability Systems• VA Models are haaaaaaaaard• Tests given in mid-year complicates  assi...
Core Policy Application of  Value-Added Analysis
What have been the big surprises?• Districts drops number of initiatives to focus on  quality and evaluation• Unions and s...
For More Informationhttp://www.wcer.wisc.edu/varc          Chris Thorn       cathorn@wisc.edu           Rob Meyer       rh...
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2008 regional educational laboratory board of directors (rel midwest)

  1. 1. Linking State Data Systems toLocal Reforms Dr. Christopher A. Thorn, Assistant Scientist Value-Added Research Center & Wisconsin Center for Education Research University of Wisconsin-Madison
  2. 2. Lessons from Multiple Projects• Center for Educator Compensation Reform – Provide technical assistance to 34 TIF Grantees• Wisconsin Value Added Model – Developing prototype state VA model – with small district uses• Milwaukee Public Schools Value Added Project – Provide district value added system (school, grade, and classroom levels) – Embedded Researcher & program evaluation – Launching redesign of system inputs• Chicago Public Schools Value Added Project – Provide district value added system (school, grade , and classroom levels) – Embedded Researcher & program evaluation
  3. 3. Complex problems and team approach• Value-Added Analytics – Economists and Statisticians• Data Systems and Data Structure – Sociologist, Data Warehouse Architect, and Industrial Engineers• Leadership, Finance, & HR – Educational Leadership (CPRE colleagues)• Embedded Researchers – Statistician, Sociologist, Economist
  4. 4. Complexity calls for formal approaches to problem solving• Focus: – Organizational design and management – Human factors and ergonomics – Work system design – Data models and workflow – Human-organization interface technology• Goal: – Improve work system performance through design principles and empirical science – 4 subsystems - technological, personnel, external environment, organizational design
  5. 5. Core Information System Gaps• Many HR systems do not handle multiple roles well (or at all)• SIS focused on managing student-teacher ratios and scheduling rather than learning• IT and Research offices understaffed• Finance and HR not tied to research agenda• Market for decision support systems lag educational needs
  6. 6. Data Quality Problems• Poor links between students and teachers• Limited data linking teachers to students by subject taught• Little systematic data on system inputs or on fidelity of implementation• Limited support for performance evaluation systems
  7. 7. Analytical Gaps in Accountability Systems• VA Models are haaaaaaaaard• Tests given in mid-year complicates assignment of productivity• Lack of vertical scales complicates measurement of productivity• Lack of links to licensure systems complicates assessment of changes in teacher characteristics and efficacy of teacher preparation institutions
  8. 8. Core Policy Application of Value-Added Analysis
  9. 9. What have been the big surprises?• Districts drops number of initiatives to focus on quality and evaluation• Unions and school board groups talking• National union bringing technical expertise to the table to solve local problems• Talent pool in national vendors thin• New demands for diagnostic assessment• New demands for PD that works
  10. 10. For More Informationhttp://www.wcer.wisc.edu/varc Chris Thorn cathorn@wisc.edu Rob Meyer rhmeyer@wisc.edu

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