• Regional Data Initiatives Grant

     

    In July 2009, the State of Michigan announced the Regional Data Initiatives Grant. The purpose of the grant program is to provide Michigan teachers with real-time access to student data at the classroom level in order to inform instructional decisions.

    • Five to ten grants to Consortiums of ISDs
    • Extend and expand existing data warehouse/data analysis solutions to ISD regions that do not have a system Goal to provide teachers with an opportunity to differentiate and individualize instruction to improve student achievement
    • Expand upon work done in Data for Student Success (D4SS) project
    • Utilize principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL)
    • Heavily focused on professional development (25% minimum to 40% desired)
    • Emphasis on integration of various data sources into system
    • Grant amount of approximately $508,000 for consortium of Allegan AESA, Kalamazoo RESA, Lewis Cass ISD, St. Joseph ISD and Van Buren ISD
    • LEAs and PSAs must be included for full funding
    • Non-public schools must be approached and given the opportunity to participate
    • Districts must participate in the project chosen by their ISD or opt out – they are not able to participate in the grant through a different ISD

    Our approach to the grant is to focus on proactively identifying problem areas and informing teachers and administrators early enough that they can make a difference in the educational outcomes. While districts that use the tools selected by the consortium will realize the maximum benefit of the grant, the goal is to design a process that will identify areas of concern such that districts do not necessarily have to change their student information or data analysis systems as long as they can provide the needed information.

    Districts in the identified counties will need to make assurances that they will participate as follows:
    1. District incorporation of the Regional Data Initiatives into the district’s educational practices at the classroom level;
    2. Interface capability between the Regional Data Initiatives and district student information system to facilitate interchange of data;
    3. Dedication of at least four professional development days over two school years for all instructional staff and administrators for professional development related to the Regional Data Initiatives;
    4. Participation in the Regional Data Initiatives during the FY2009-10, FY2010-11, and FY2011-12 school years;
    5. Full participation in the collective evaluation of the Regional Data Initiatives Title IID grant, including completing surveys and providing additional data to assist MDE in determining the effectiveness of the program in impacting student achievement;
    6. Permission for the Regional Data Initiatives to use district data for research purposes of improving education policy and practice and the preparation of teachers;
    7. Use of a common set of standards used to determine personnel technology skill level with all instructional staff observed and reported in the Registry of Educational Professionals (REP); and
    8. Use of a common set of assessment items used in determining 8th grade technological literacy and reported assessment results in the Michigan Electronic Grants System (MEGS).

    While the hope is that the grant will cover much of the licensing costs involved, it is expected that there will be insufficient funds for the entire cost of the project. The remaining balance will need to be provided by local district and/or ISD funds.