2020 Data Conference – April 6-7, 2020

2020 Vision: Focus on Data Quality.

In 2007, the Nebraska Student and Staff Record System (NSSRS) was implemented as the Nebraska Department of Education’s first system to collect individual, student-level data from Nebraska public school districts. A decade later, Nebraska is capitalizing on more current technologies by upgrading to a new system designed to enhance data efficacy, minimizing reporting burden through automation, and provide support for teaching and learning. This system is known as ADVISER. The term/acronym ADVISER is used to describe the overall program and stands for Advanced Data Views Improving Student Educational Response.

Why a state data conference for educators?

A smooth experience for collecting, maintaining, using and reporting high-quality data is central to the efficient operation of the Nebraska education enterprise. Educators and school staff who are on the front lines of data collection and reporting often do not have opportunities to attend conferences and network with persons in similar positions in other schools or Educational Service Units (ESUs). This conference will provide opportunities to learn about how to improve data quality in the first-year of ADVISER statewide implementation, as well as hear from experts about the latest policies and techniques in education data.

What are the goals of the conference?

This conference will provide practical information to those on the front lines of data collection, data use and reporting. There will be plenary and breakout sessions that will focus on how to help ESU and local school staff ensure quality data – better data, better decisions. In addition, there will be more breakout sessions focused on how school staff can better do their jobs better when it comes to data. Sessions will help local staff with: improving data quality with the ADVISER data system; staff data submission processes, assessment data collections; using the new SPED Final Financial Reporting System (SPED FFRS), overall data use for school improvement, AQuESTT-related information, and much more.

Who Should Attend?

This conference is open to all Nebraska Educators but the main audience are persons who work with the nuts and bolts of data collection, data use and reporting. Depending on the ESU, district or school system this might include principals, data stewards, technology directors, curriculum directors, professional developers, bookkeepers, secretaries and superintendents. School districts and ESUs are encouraged to send teams to the conference to maximize opportunities for professional learning that will benefit their students and schools. Data quality is a team effort.

Monday, April 6, 2020

*Tentative Schedule

9:00 am – 9:30 am  Pre-conference Session – ADVISER 101

9:30 am – 11:30 am  Pre-conference Session – ADVISER End of  Year Workday

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm  Opening Remarks and Introductions

1:30 pm – 1:45 pm  Break I

1:45 pm – 2:45 pm  Plenary Session I

2:45 pm – 3:00 pm  Break II

3:00 – 4:00 pm Plenary Session II

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm Hands-On Session: Data Review, Validation and Verification

Plenary session topics may include: what’s new for 20-21 school year, fall recap, Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC), new data elements and technical details, receiving support from the Virtual Support Team (VST) and NDE helpdesk, replacing the UniqueID system, verification reports, deadlines are deadlines.

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

*Tentative Schedule

7:30 am – 8:30 am Registration/Breakfast

8:30 am – 9:30 am Remarks and Introductions

9:30 am – 9:45 am Break I

9:45 am – 10:45 am Breakout Session I

10:45 am – 11:00 am Break II

11:00 am – 12:00 pm Breakout Session II

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm Lunch/Introduction, Keynote Speaker – 2020 Teacher of the Year Megan Helberg

1:45 pm – 2:45 pm Breakout Session III

2:45 pm – 3:00 pm Break III

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm Breakout Session IV

Breakout sessions topics may include: AQuESTT, staff/financial data, graduation cohort, SPED financial data, adult education data, Unique ID system changes, ADVISER dashboard, ESUCC SSO, direct certification for nutrition data, district tech profiles, student discipline data, what is due and how to know, responsibilities for administrators, systems involved student information for Rule 18 and Rule 14 interactions, Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC), Career Education data changes, SRS, state aid and attendance data, FERPA, the Nebraska Education Profile (NEP), assessment data checks, ADVISER validation, the Nebraska student privacy, data governance, teacher certification data, early learning and ECIDS data, mental and behavioral health data, and much more.

Conference Links: Coming Soon

Location: Younes Conference Center, 416 Talmadge Road, Kearney, NE

Cost: $150 (fee includes cost to attend all sessions, including optional pre-conference sessions)

Conference Registration: Coming Soon

Hotel Information: Click here for Hotel information 

Contact: Jeannie Chastain or Sara Simonsen

Updated January 29, 2020 4:41pm