P-20 Program Newsflash, November 2013
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P-20 and Workforce Longitudinal System
P-20W Data Warehouse
Identity Matching: In October, the initial testing of the Identity Matching tool “auto match” produced matching results that the ERDC staff were not comfortable with. Over the past couple of months, the team came up with a solution to address the issue and completed the necessary changes. The initial work flows through the Identity Matching tool will go into production in December and be a crucial part of the data loading process.
Loading Data into the Data Warehouse: For the past 2 months the team has been working on its 2nd and 3rd “sprints” to develop and test workflows that ultimately load data into the data warehouse. Over the coming weeks, data will start to be loaded into the production version – including all of the 4-year (PCHEES) data set and portions of the 2-year (SBCTC) data – and into staging, including the K-12 and IPEDS data sets. Data loaded into production will then be available to ERDC staff to begin to understand how best to “pull” data from the P20W Data Warehouse to facilitate their work of creating data sets for customers and internal research activities. These activities will continue through the duration of the grant – as more data is loaded and ERDC staff become adept at pulling data.
Workforce Board On-line Student Data Reporting System
The state's Workforce Board recently launched a new online student data reporting system for Washington private vocational schools and colleges. It is expected to save the agency approximately $30,000 per year in data processing costs, and be a secure and user-friendly method for reporting required student data. In the future, this same system will be expanded for use by those schools that are exempt from private vocational school licensing, but are participating as Eligible Training Providers.
Each year, all of Washington's private vocational schools must report certain information to the Workforce Board on all students trained. (WAC 490-105-160) There are currently more than 300 licensed private vocational schools. Since 1999, private vocational schools have reported this information using many different formats and means of file transfer. Before the new system launched in October, Workforce Board staff used to check for missing data, data entry errors, or missing students. Nearly half of all files had at least one issue with data quality. With the new system, schools are automatically notified when there are data issues and must resubmit their information in those cases.
The new system also takes advantage of encryption technology that allows for a more secure file transfer, keeping student records and personally identifiable information private and safe. More info at: http://wtb.wa.gov/PCS_AnnualReport.asp.
Communications Request for Proposal
ERDC has issued an RFP to assist the center in developing strategies to communicate all that it has to offer to the P-20W data use community.
Application Match Study
ERDC recently completed the new and improved Applications Match Study. This study, looking at applicants to public 4-year institutions for Fall 2010 enrollment, incorporated multi-sector longitudinal education data.
ERDC staff made presentations at the Rocky Mountain AIR, the Pacific Northwest AIR and the College Board conferences. Click on the presentation title below to access the PowerPoint.
- The Journey Toward Success: WA 8th Graders’ Educational Trajectories and Education/Employment Outcomes
- Using WA State P20 Data for Community Technical College Feedback Reports: Challenges, Opportunities and Results
- Beyond State Borders: Student Success in Higher Education and the Workforce
ERDC In the News
The P20 Reports on Washington Public High School Graduates were highlighted by the Data Quality Campaign as an exemplar high school feedback report. Check out their latest publication, Right Questions, Right Data, Right Answers to see state education data efforts.
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