Mary Montoya, our new CIO, is coming up to speed on all our projects and is very interested in broadening the conversation of Project Nova with your LEA IT Organizations.
We will continue to support the pilot connections and data collection and will be moving the Unique ID application to our new production environment. Beyond that; we will NOT be moving forward at this time with the roll out the automated data validations and error reporting to the pilots, and or connections to other LEAs.
It is expected that this project “pause" will extend through the end of the calendar year. If you have questions, feel free to reach out to PED.
Here’s a sneak peek:
In the new system:
This project is very
big, and has tentacles threading throughout our processes at PED and across New Mexico.
In order to effectively tell the status of this project we have broken
up the story into 7 different work streams.
For our first pass at presenting this status in terms of these work streams, Jean and I have put this together for you. Please we welcome feedback or questions regarding the presentation here or the status story it is telling. Thanks Again; Mark.
In spite of school closings and the entire project team working from their homes, we've made progress in many areas of the project:
Platform: We have the systems and infrastructure for our Development/Test Environment and installed the new data management tools.
Unique ID: Did you know that we are rolling out a new Unique ID system, one that will be used to uniquely identify Students and Staff? One too that will automatically send the new IDs to your SIS? We have loaded all the STARS IDs into the new system and are in the process of using the new unique ID tools to look for duplicate IDS among our existing students. Staff IDs will be generated by the new system next and then, we will integrate with the new NM PED licensure System.
Data Profile: The interface from your Student Information Systems (SIS) to PED uses a standard interface called the Schools Interoperability Framework (SIF) to define the data that your SIS will send to PED. All of the SIS Vendors use this format, but it does need some configuration specific to NM. The SIS Vendors need our specifics for the “data profile". We have been working with our vendor to turn our STARS templates into the SIF Data specification used by the SIS to send data. We expect to finalize the data profile document early next month; next it will go to all the SIS Vendors for their review.
Connections: We have data flowing successfully from our two pilot districts Albuquerque Public Schools (Synergy) and Los Alamos Public Schools (PowerSchool). This was very exciting to see the data flowing into the Operational Data Store (ODS) where in the future the rules engine will validate the data in real time. Still more work to do on the connections as we apply changes being discovered in the data profile exercise above. We are currently planning a third pilot connection to a Charter or District with the Tyler SIS. Working with the pilots is very important as it helps us shake out the exact process we will use for the remaining Districts and Charter Schools. We'll share more details about the connection process in a future post.
The Project team has been busy and we will soon be even busier and in more visible ways. As you read this and have any questions, please feel free to comment below.
Here's what we've been working on and what's next:
There are two tables below. If your District or Charter is in the first table, we still need to hear from you.
Please complete the survey by browsing to the Data
Management Project Survey and click the link on that page to
Some of you have been
asking about the results of that survey we first asked everyone to complete in
November. There have been some interesting responses and
we do want to share the results … but we still need to hear from some of you.
We need a survey from these Districts and Charters:
We want to THANK these Districts and Charters for completing the Survey:
During the STARS Conference last year we asked you for the best way to communicate project information and the response we received was to host it on the STARS site. So here we are. Either save this link, or follow this page to see updates to this page. This page will continue to be one of our communication channels throughout the project duration.
So yes we landed on a name for the project. Thank you for all your suggestions. Nova! Not the TV show, nor the car, but instead the Nova Project is the birth of a new STARS. The final longitudinal database will still be called Student Teacher Accountability Reporting System (STARS).
STARS has served NM well for over the last 13 years, and still today NM is one of the only states that can match student, to teacher, to courses since 2006. The Nova Project will replace our current manual data collection process with a real time process, improving the timeliness and quality of the data.
This time it is real (time). Get ready!!!
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