The Federal Register – August 5, 2014
Final Priority: Technical Assistance on State Data Collection-IDEA Data Management Center
The purpose of this priority is to fund a cooperative agreement to establish and operate an IDEA Data Management Center (Center) to achieve, at a minimum, the following expected outcomes: (a) Improve States’ data management procedures and data systems architecture to build data files and reports to improve States’ capacity to meet the Part B reporting requirements under sections 616 and 618 of IDEA; and (b) improve States’ capacity to utilize their statewide longitudinal data systems (SLDS) to report high-quality data under IDEA Part B as required under sections 616 and 618 of IDEA. The Center’s work will comply with the privacy and confidentiality protections in the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and IDEA and will not provide the Department with access to child-level data.
Application for New Awards: Technical Assistance on State Data Collection-IDEA Data Management Center
Type of Award: Cooperative agreement.
Estimated Available Funds:$2,500,000.
Contingent upon the availability of funds and the quality of applications, we may make additional awards in FY 2015 from the list of unfunded applicants from this competition.
Our Federal government is spending $2,500,000 in education dollars “to establish and operate an IDEA Data Management Center”.
The Federal Register – August 6, 2014
Comment Request: National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) 2015 Wave 3-ECLS-K:2011 Link and Computer Familiarity Study
Abstract: . . . The 2015 main NAEP Wave 3 contains the descriptions, burden, and questionnaires for two special studies: NAEP—Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, Kindergarten Class of 2010-11 (ECLS-K:2011) Link, and Computer Familiarity Study. Both of these special studies include the administration of an additional student questionnaire to a sub-sample of students participating in the 2015 main NAEP administration.
This means more testing for students in 4th, 8th, and 12th grade.
Data mining and testing do not directly effect student achievement and should not be federally funded.
Federal education dollars must be spent ensuring that States provide ALL children with an excellent education that concentrates on their gifts and talents in a developmentally appropriate, arts based, experiential learning environment, guided by a passionate teacher in their neighborhood school.
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