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Data Use Conference - September 26th - 27th  

Hosted by the Montana Office of Public Instruction, the third annual Montana Data Use Culture Conference will be held September 26 – 27, 2017 at Radisson Colonial Hotel in Helena, Montana. Montana educators, administrators, and researchers with be provided a venue to learn how to access and communicate data in ways that will improve educational outcomes for Montana students. Join us for an in-depth look into this year's topic, Pathway to a Data Use Culture in Montana. Online registration is available at http://www.umt.edu/sell/cps/MDUC/.

This year's conference hosts two keynote speakers. Dr. Kyle L. Peck is a leader in innovations in using technology and data in new and creative ways that puts students, teachers, and school leaders back into the center of reform agendas. He will talk about the potential of engaging education data to enact reforms of schools, universities, and government. Jaimie Casap is the Education Evangelist at Google. Jaime evangelizes the power and potential of technology and the web as enabling and supporting tools in pursuit of promoting inquiry-driven project-based learning models.

Breakout session topics include:  E-Transcripts - Data Literacy - Evidence-Based Practice - Data Quality - Continuous Quality Improvement - Data Governance - Best Practices for Data Use and Dissemination - Data Visualization - Evaluation - Data-Driven Decision Making

For additional information and to register visit - http://www.umt.edu/sell/cps/MDUC/

Montana E-Transcript

The mission of the e-transcript projects is to establish data linkages between K12 education and postsecondary partners by creating an electronic student transcript repository for K12 education and connecting to postsecondary data for Montana high school students who enroll in the Montana University System (MUS).

Accomplishments so far:

    • Montana Electronic Transcript Initiative- Certified Transcripts
      Free, certified, electronic transcripts are now available to high school students enrolled in participating schools. Parchment Exchange has been selected to manage the request, delivery, monitoring, and processing of student transcripts. This service will be free for up to two years following graduation with a nominal fee after that. Students can request their transcripts be sent directly to any college or university, or any other entities that may require transcripts.
    • College Readiness Domain
      Provides enrollment, remediation, and retention statistics for Montana public and state-funded high school graduates entering the Montana University System. Student Tracker Reports by school are also available with demographics and statewide aggregate reports.
    • Montana Standard Transcript
      Minimum elements required for an official Montana high school transcript were approved by the Board of Public Education in 2013. The components of the Montana Standard Transcript are defined in the Administrative Rules of Montana (ARM) as Rule: 10.55.911
    • Montana Electronic Transcript Initiative- Data Transport
      The OPI has designed a data transport system to facilitate the collection and exchange of student information required for Montana standard transcripts. School or district personnel using Infinite Campus, PowerSchool or Schoolmaster, have the option to use the MT Transcript extract in their SIS system to upload student transcript data into a secure database. We are eager to work with other SIS vendors, as well. Manual online data entry and a fillable Excel spreadsheet are also available to input student data into the system. Once the data is verified and certified, students can access the Parchment service to send free electronic transcripts to any college or university in the country. Click here to access the Data Transport System.

Parchment Exchange is the service provider who has been selected to manage the request, delivery, monitoring, and processing of student transcripts. Current Montana high school students may request their free, certified electronic transcripts, 24 hours a day, seven days a week through Parchment. This service will be free for up to two years following graduation, with a nominal fee after that. Students can request their transcripts be sent directly to any college or university, or any other entities that may require transcripts.

To access all documentation visit - https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B4NziLbTB-G1dENIaHRwX3Btb0U?usp=sharing

If you have questions please contact:

Brett Carter, Project Manager, Bcarter2@mt.gov 444-2080
Joe Hamilton, Business Analyst, jhamilton@mt.gov 444-0475
Daniel Bruce, Research Analyst, Dbruce2@mt.gov 444-1610
Robin Clausen, Research Analyst, Robin.clausen@mt.gov 444-3793