Consortium for School Networking Hosts Congressional Briefing to Focus on Data-Driven Decision Making As an Education Tool

April 7, 2004

WHAT: Congressional briefing: “Data-driven Decision Making: A Powerful Tool to Improve Student Achievement”

HOSTS: CoSN, the premier national voice in education technology leadership that promotes the use of information technologies and the Internet in K-12 education (, in partnership with Educational Testing Services (, SAS (, IBM (, Dell (, Plato Learning (, SchoolNet (, PowerSchool( and Texas Instruments (

WHEN: Thursday, April 8, from 10 a.m. to noon

LOCATION: 124 Dirksen Senate Office Building, First and C Street, N.E, Washington, D.C.

About the “Data-Driven Decision Making: A Powerful Tool to Improve Student Achievement” Congressional Briefing

Under No Child Left Behind, data has become increasingly important in educational decision making and can lead to improved student achievement and continuous school improvement. However, the requirement for data collection in No Child Left Behind is a major change for districts and states and there are costs involved. Educators and industry leaders will convey the challenges and impact of the data-driven decision making process to their legislators, emphasizing that technology tools and professional development are needed to use data effectively and to report data in a manner that is accessible for students and parents. Attending the briefing will be 100 legislative leaders, staff members, and educational association executives.

The morning’s schedule of events and speakers includes:

10:00 a.m. – Welcome and Introduction: Setting the Context

— Bob Moore, Chair, Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) Board of Directors and Executive Director of IT Services, Blue Valley USD #229, Overland Park, Kansas

— Irene Spero, Vice President, CoSN

10:15 a.m. – Remarks from Senate Sponsors

— Senator Michael Enzi (R-WY)

— Senator Patty Murray (D-WA)

10:30 a.m.: – Remarks

— Helen Soule, Special Assistant, Office of Post Secondary Education, U.S. Department of Education

10:45 a.m. – Panel Discussion: The Data Is Telling Us Something: What Are We Doing About It?

— Bob Moore, CoSN (moderator)

— John Conyers, retired Superintendent, CCSD#15, Illinois

— Diny Golder-Dardis, Executive Director, JES & Co.

— Stephan Knobloch, Research Supervisor, Loudon County Public Schools, Virginia

— Karlene McCormick-Lee, Assistant Superintendent, Clark County, Nevada

— Peter A. Robertson, Chief Information Officer, Cleveland Municipal School District, Ohio

— Rick Rozzelle, Charlotte-Mecklenberg Schools, North Carolina

— Warren Williams, Assistant Superintendent, Grossmont Union High School District, California

11:10 a.m. – Questions and Answers

11:15 a.m. – Showcase of Technology Solutions for Data-driven Decision Making

About the Data-driven Decision Making Initiative
CoSN launched the Data-driven Decision Making initiative in February 2003 as a response to the challenges teachers and administrators at the school, district and state level face in understanding how to use data appropriately as a tool to accelerate student learning. CoSN intends to make the Data-driven Decision Making initiative a highly respected source of up-to-date, unbiased information for educators on collecting, understanding and using data effectively; an easy to use mechanism for educating school leaders about data-driven decision making and its applications in elementary and secondary education; and a nationally recognized framework for sharing knowledge among educators and transferring knowledge between the educational and vendor communities. Further information about the Data-driven Decision Making initiative is available at the project’s Web site,

About the Consortium for School Networking
Founded in 1992, CoSN, a national nonprofit organization, is the premier voice in educational technology leadership. Its mission is to advance the K-12 education community’s capacity to effectively use technology to improve learning through advocacy, policy and leadership development. CoSN members represent school districts, state and local education agencies, nonprofits, companies and individuals who share this vision.

CoSN leadership initiatives include: Cyber Security for the Digital District (; Data-Driven Decision Making (; Safeguarding the Wired Schoolhouse (; Taking Total Cost of Ownership to the Classroom (; and the development of the Council of School District Chief Technology Officers (CTO).

Visit or phone 202-861-2676 to find out more about CoSN’s programs and activities that support leadership development to ensure that information technology has a direct and positive impact on student learning in elementary and secondary schools.