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MASA Feature www.gomasa.org 19 How Will We Accomplish This? The Ed-Fi Alliance, a subsidiary of the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, produces a toolkit that many states are starting to use for this purpose. The toolkit includes standard data definitions, data exchange specifications, a database model to house the data, a dashboard development framework, and a high quality base dashboard that can be expanded upon. Using the Ed-Fi Solution, the Data Integration Activity has created a “data hub” concept that will serve as the mechanism to manage school data well into the future. Specifically, we have created five regional data hubs that will provide for data integration of the districts in each TRIG region. The key to this work has been to create a web-based admin-istrative tool called the “cockpit.” The cockpit application manages the entire process, making integration a simple point and click operation for district users. It also serves as a basis for data quality reporting, a statewide single sign-on, consolidation of state reporting work, and much more. Having accurate, clean, up-to-date data in the hubs will also allow us to utilize standard early warning systems, student and classroom level dashboards/reports that will allow for far greater collaboration around appropriate, and timely interventions. Additionally, this will allow us to have a more consistent way to gauge what particular practices are having the greatest impact. The biggest challenge is that the project can only move forward as fast as system vendors create connectors to their systems. Fortunately, vendors are beginning to do that work as it benefits districts in many states. What Can the Michigan Data Hubs Do Now? The data hubs are currently able to integrate with five major student information systems and can exchange data with a growing list of school data systems including alert, assessment, discipline, food service, learning management and special education systems. Additionally, dashboards are in place that include an early warning system for students at risk of drop-ping out, a number of state reporting error check reports, the ability to create MSDS collections, the ability to opt-in to three state reporting initiatives and a statewide single sign-on. New users of the data hubs are on the rise and districts are enjoying the ever-growing benefits that the hubs provide. Can Districts Get Involved Today? Yes! To sign up for the data hubs and for implementation steps, visit the TRIG website at http://22itrig.org/activities/data-integration/ districtapplication/ and click on the sign up link. Don Dailey is Project Manager for the TRIG Data Integration Project. Contact him at 269.250.9264 or don.dailey@kresa.org. Setting the standard for legal representation of educational institutions in Michigan for over 70 years EAST LANSING 2900 West Road, Suite 400 East Lansing, MI 48823 NOV I 39555 Orchard Hill Place, Suite 430 Novi, MI 48375 WEST M I CHIGAN 3260 Eagle Park Drive, NE, Suite 121 Grand Rapids, MI 49525 Beverly J. Bonning Michael D. Gresens Martha J. Marcero Katherine W. Broaddus Margaret M. Hackett Daniel R. Martin Philip G. Clark Kevin S. Harty Ryan J. Nicholson Raymond M. Davis Fredric G. Heidemann David M. Revore Eric D. Delaporte Roy H. Henley Robert J. Robinson Robert A. Dietzel Kirk C. Herald Kari K. Shay Michele R. Eaddy Matthew F. Hiser Jeffrey J. Soles Michael B. Farrell Robert G. Huber Lisa L. Swem Timothy T. Gardner Christopher J. Iamarino Gordon W. VanWieren, Jr Jennifer K. Johnston www.Th r u n L a w . c om


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