(PSS) — Headed by Senior Director Rizalina P. Liwag, Ed.D, the Public School System’s Office of Accountability, Research and Evaluation or PSS-ARE held a professional development session Tuesday on building a bridge between the data systems from Head Start/Early Head Start Program and kindergarten through 12th grade.

Peggy Feldman, an expert from  DBDriven, a Virginia-based next generation data and information warehouse, was brought in by PSS-ARE to conduct the professional development session for Board of Education members and key PSS managers

These included BOE Chairman Andrew L. Orsini, BOE member Antonio L. Borja, acting Commissioner of Education Eric Magofna PSS Senior Directors Yvonne Pangelinan, Ed.D, and Jackie Quitugua, Head Start/Early Head Start Program Director Lathania Angui, Federal Programs Officer Tim Thornburgh, Special Education Program Director Donna Flores, and school principals Ignacia Demapan, Ed.D, (elementary), Martha Kintol (middle school) and Jonathan Aguon (high school) as well as State Technology Director Jesse Tenorio, and Instructional Technology & Distance Education Director Bobby Cruz, Ed.D.

Held at Laolao Bay Golf & Resort, the professional development session aimed to help PSS establish a highly effective Statewide Longitudinal Data System or SLDS infrastructure by linking Head Start/Early Head Start data to kindergarten through 12th grade; and shifting the use of data from compliance to accountability and strategic instructional usage through an early warning system.

PSS said the Educational Longitudinal Data System, which is federally funded, “collects and maintains detailed, high quality, student-and staff-level data; links these data across entities, providing a complete academic and performance history for each student; and makes these data accessible through reporting and analysis tools.”

Annette Plavedevega-Sablan is the PSS- SLDS director and lead for this project.

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