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Data Quality Institute

DATE sponsors annual data quality institutes (DQI's) to help states develop and implement Perkins IV data systems that yield valid, reliable, and complete data on students who enroll in career and technical education programs.

Materials from past DQI's are listed below. All materials, learning modules, and recorded webcasts are also available in the Learning Center.

  • Jun. '13
  • Jun. '12
  • Jun. '11
  • Dec. '09
  • Oct. '08
  • May '07
  • Jun. '06
  • Feb. '06
  • Jun. '05

June 2013 Data Quality Institute

Visit the 2013 V-DQI website to access session materials, recorded webcasts, and other resources.

VDQI Agenda (PDF, 328 KB)
Speaker Biographies (PDF, 212 KB)

June 27 Materials

Session 1: Welcome and Introductions

OCTAE and DATE leaders will discuss the status of the CTE Transformation Strategy, share the Department’s plans for Perkins reauthorization, and provide their perspectives on the 2013 DQI theme: Evaluating CTE Programs and Using Data for Improvement.

Watch webcast (Duration: 00:12:25)

Session 2: Building a Research Agenda: Materials from the Regional Educational Laboratory, Northeast & Islands

Panelists from REL-NEI will present materials used in their work to create long-term research agendas with eight research alliances. The publicly-available materials can be adapted by conference participants for use in their own organizations.

Watch webcast (Duration: 01:36:09)

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Session 3: CTE Local Program Evaluation

Evaluation expectations and strategies for local progams.

Watch webcast (Duration: 00:59:56)

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Session 4: Data, Research, and Analytics: Career and Technical Education as Exemplar

Perhaps more than ever, "the power of data" matters for our schools. Yet, many struggle to fully understand how this information can and should be utilized to enhance student outcomes. This session will provide a comprehensive review of the vast array of data, research, and analytic information developed, specifically, around career and technical education. However, the analytic processes utilized are transferable to almost any educational program. Participants will learn how to use data from their own state and local school districts and colleges to produce similar empirical insights.

Watch webcast (Duration: 00:42:36)

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Session 5: Making CTE Data Meaningful, Accessible, and Actionable

Borrowing from the world of business intelligence, NAPE has developed interactive equity data dashboards for SEAs and LEAs using Perkins data. The dashboards are based on visual analytics tools used by the Michigan Department of Education and allow stakeholders to explore equity questions about their CTE programs. Panelists will discuss how the tools and process could transform your CTE programs for under-represented students and will demonstrate Michigan’s equity dashboard, which contains Perkins indicator data disaggregated by special populations.

Watch webcast (Duration: 00:42:12)

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Session 6: Internal State Meetings

State and local partners meet (in person or virtually) to discuss the state’s strategies for program evaluation and improvement. Building upon the pre-meeting discussions with your state and local partners, discuss your evaluation strategies and plans.

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June 28 Materials

Session 7: Data-Driven Continuous Improvement

Learn how schools and colleges around the country are increasing the diversity in their CTE programs through an evidence-based, data-driven, program improvement process aligned with OCTAE’s continuous improvement model.

Watch webcast (Duration: 00:58:46)

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Webinar 8A: Sharing Industry Certification Data

Many postsecondary CTE students earn certifications from industry organizations. Lead participants in the National Data Sharing Project discuss current and upcoming activities to expand efforts to new states, industries and certifying bodies.

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Webinar 8B: Maximizing Online LEA Plan and Analysis Capabilities for Targeted Improvement Strategies

Discover how West Virginia transitioned the traditional LEA Plan paper document to an online system with capabilities to analyze individual and composite LEA data. The session will highlight West Virginian’s LEA Plan components and the state’s process of reviewing existing strategies, developing drop down lists to identify suggested strategies, launching the online LEA plan, and analyzing results to identify best practices.

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Webinar 8C: Discuss Results of Internal State Meetings

Share the results of internal team discussions on June 27 about evaluation and data use and obtain feedback from other states. This discussion will also inform OCTAE about ideas for future technical assistance, topics for the Next Steps Working Group, or state director meetings.

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Webinar 9A: Creating a Community of Data Users in the National Reporting System for Adult Education

The National Reporting System (NRS) for adult education is the outcome-based reporting system for the State-administered, federally funded adult education program authorized under the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act. Since its inception, the NRS has developed and delivered a variety of annual training opportunities to encourage and support state and local program staff in their use of performance data for program monitoring and improvement. Professional development activities in the NRS are based on a "train-the-trainer" model which enables state staff to roll out data initiatives statewide. This session will introduce participants to the NRS training model and provide examples of implementation efforts from the state perspective. Participants will discuss their own successes and challenges in fostering data use communities in their state and local programs.

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Webinar 9B: More Information Through SLDS

State longitudinal data systems (SLDS) will offer expanded opportunities to access and use data for improvement. Pennsylvania panelists will describe the process their state is following to catalogue policy questions and identify data gaps, and will offer insights into the challenges and recommendations that resulted from the process.

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Session 10: Closing General Session

Meeting highlights and next steps.

Watch webcast (Duration: 00:16:31)

June 2012 Virtual Data Quality Institute

Visit the 2012 V-DQI website to access session materials, recorded webcasts, and other resources.

VDQI Agenda (PDF, 406 KB)
Welcome and Overview (PPTX, 225 KB)
Speaker Biographies (PDF, 209 KB)

June 6 Materials

Watch webcast (Duration: 3:38:26)

Session 1: National Perspectives on the Inclusion of CTE and Workforce Data in State Longitudinal Data Systems

SLDS, WQDC, DQC = How do these data initiatives interact with each other and what does their relationship to each other mean for access and analysis of quality CTE data?

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Session 2: The Wonderful World of Data Sharing Agreements

Development and implementation of SLDS imply agreement to access data across education levels, state agencies, and potentially non-governmental entities. This session will explore the opportunities and challenges in the creation of effective data sharing agreements.

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Session 3: Data Sharing Agreements with Industry Certification Organizations: A Prototype

The State of Illinois and CompTIA, an industry provider of IT certifications have forged a data sharing agreement that enables educational agencies to access industry certification results.

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June 7 Materials

Watch webcast (Duration: 1:09:51)

Session 4: P20/W and CTE Contributions to SLDS Implementation: Status of the CTE Work Group

CTE's emerging participation with the larger SLDS conversation has the potential to influence the ongoing-design and development of SLDS. Significant steps are taking place. Panelists will brief participants on the current status of CTE's engagement and their hope for further involvement.

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Session 5: P20/W Data Driven Decision Making: State Approaches for Data Analysis and Use for Program Improvement

The states of Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Washington will offer examples of how they approach access to various data sources for analysis and use in program improvement.

June 7 Materials

Preamble: Importance of Data to CTE
By Kim Green, Executive Director, NASDCTEc/NCTEF


Keynote Panel: National Perspectives on Implementation of State Longitudinal Data Systems
By Tate Gould, Lyndsay Pinkus


Session 1: Link SLDS Across the P-20 Education Pipeline and Across State Agencies
By Jay Pfeiffer, Tate Gould, Lyndsay Pinkus


Session 2: Ensure CTE Data Can Be Accessed, Analyzed, and Used
By Sharon Enright, Kathy Wilkins, Rebecca Shah


Session 3: Build Capacity of CTE Stakeholders To Use Data For Effective Decision Making
By Donna Brant, Scott Parke, Laura Sonn


OCTAE Introduction of State Team Planning Time: Assessing your capacity
By Sharon Miller, John Haigh


June 8 Materials

Session 4: Department of Education Privacy Initiatives

By Kathleen Styles

Session 5:

Part A: EDEN/EDFacts
By Ross Santy

Part B: Rethinking NCES Data on Education and Work
By Sharon Boivin


Virtual DQI eBinder

Virtual DQI Materials

Virtual DQI Training Webinar

Virtual DQI General Resources

December 2009, Baltimore, MD

DQM Invitation Memo
Pre-conference preparation

Welcome and Introduction of Keynote Presenter

Setting the Context for the Meeting "CTE - Getting the Whole Picture"

Making Data System Connections: Examples of Effective State Practices

Essential Elements of State Longitudinal Data Systems (SLDS)

Accessing Major National Databases

Data Sharing with Industry Certification Systems

Welcome Day 2 and Keynote Presentation

Making Connections with Workforce Development and Adult Education

Reporting Perkins Data to the Department via EDEN and the CAR

Data Analysis and Improvement Plans

CAR Repair Shop

Luncheon Speaker Presentation

Promoting Continuous Improvement at the Local Level

Introducing Performance Based Funding to Career and Technical Education in Montana

Transitional Link - Tracking Students Career Path Beginning to Success

Technical Skill Assessments

Mid-Point on the National Assessment of Career and Technical Education

Dinner Presentation & PRIMR

Welcome Day 3

Privacy Issues and Longitudinal Data Systems (FERPA and UI Wage Records)


Closing Remarks and Next Steps

October 2008, Washington, D.C.

May 2007, Savannah, Georgia

State Plan Accountability

Model Programs of Study and Career Clusters/Pathways

Technical Skill Assessments

Technical Skill Assessments State Approaches I

Technical Skill Assessments State Approaches II

Perkins Technical Skills Measures: Discussion Sessions

Other Perkins Accountability Measures

Local Application for Perkins IV



Action Plan for States


June 2006, Phoenix, AZ and Atlanta, GA


Regional Data Quality Institute Final Reports

Summary of Voting Matrices

Review of Definitions & Voting Matrices from 2006 DQI

Quality Criteria and Core Indicators
Improving Data Quality: Defining Data Quality Criteria and Standards (MS Word)

State Date Presentations

Roundtable TA Discussion

Living with FERPA

Collecting Data on Placement and Retention: Administrative Records Match and Follow Up

Tech Prep Tracking, Secondary to Post Secondary (PPT) - Dr. Kathy J.D. Antoni

Collecting High Quality Special Populations Data
Collecting Special Population Data in California (PPT) - Chuck Wiseley

Entry and Exit Cohorts: How to do an Entry Cohort - How to Use It

Non-Traditional Implementation
Non Traditional Technical Assistance Needs (MS Word)

Preparatory Materials

February 2006, Washington, D.C.

Agenda (MS Word)

Summary of Secondary and Post Secondary Voting Matrices, Washington DC Data Quality Institute (PDF)

Additional Materials on Data Quality Initiatives:

  1. Resource Page (MS Word)

  2. DQI Questionnaire for Regional Institutes (MS Word)

  3. PSEO Phase II (Pradeep Kotmarju) (MS Word)

  4. IDPES (PDF) - Fran Johnson
    Cohort Paper (MS Word) - Fran Johnson
    Courses of GPA (MS Word) -Fran Johnson

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Preparatory Materials for February 2006 DQI

June 2005, Phoenix, AZ

Agenda (MS Word)
Assistant Secretary (PPT) - Dr. Susan Sclafani
DQI Primer (PDF)
Participant List (MS Word)
DQI Summary Report (MS Word)
Phoenix DQI Secondary and Postsecondary Report and Remaining Issues (MS Word)

Preparatory Materials from June 2005 Phoenix DQI