Nebraska Department of Education (NDE) is a recipient of the Statewide Longitudinal Data System (SLDS) grant awarded in 2012. The SLDS grant program has helped propel the successful design, development, implementation and expansion of longitudinal data systems. These data systems are intended to enhance the ability of states to efficiently and accurately manage, analyze, and use education data, including individual student records. The SLDSs should help states, districts, schools, educators, and other stakeholders to make data-informed decisions to improve student learning and outcomes; as well as to facilitate research to increase student achievement and close achievement gaps.
NDE entered into a no-cost license agreement with the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation (MSDF) to adopt the Ed-Fi standard (www.ed-fi.org) to develop a statewide dashboard solution customized for Nebraska educators’ needs.
The Nebraska ADVISER Dashboard is a web-based view of student and staff data that provides educators with a quick and easy way to personalize instruction and make data driven decisions. The acronym ADVISER stands for “Advanced Data Views Improving Student Educational Response”. The Nebraska ADVISER Dashboard consolidates data from multiple systems which enables educators to efficiently analyze large amounts of information.
The ADVISER Data Dashboard is an optional tool for use by Nebraska public school districts. It will be designed to provide flexibility to upload information from different sources on different schedules to support local data analysis and research. Further work is currently being developed to incorporate Data Warehouse and Accountability Data Mart features.
The first stage of the implementation in the 2013-2014 school years involved the limited production releases (LPRs) of dashboard prototypes to 9 districts that elected to participate in pilot releases of the data dashboard and these were namely: Bancroft Rosalie, McCook, Ponca, Boone Central, Neligh-Oakdale, South Sioux City, Fairbury, Omaha and Valentine. LPRs also known as “Pilot Districts” were part of the development process for the data dashboards from an early stage, and their feedback has played a foundational role in the organization and functioning of the dashboards. The Pilot Districts represented a range of enrollment sizes, geographic locations, and student information system (SIS). This range was intended to help NDE troubleshoot potential issues that might arise for a broad spectrum of future Early Adopter Program districts.
The second stage of the early adoption stage known as Early Adopter Program I (EAP I) had 31 select districts that plan to roll out the data dashboards in the 2015/16 year. The remaining districts will implement ADVISER in 2016/17 in the EAP II and the statewide rollout in 2017/18.
Please refer to the following links to know more about the ADVISER: