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NSF MSP Data Connections Conference -- April 24-25 -- all expenses covered

Do you have an education grant but need help determining the appropriate use of value-added modeling (VAM)? Are you planning a grant but do not know what data you will need to collect?

If one of these questions describes your current situation, the Data Connections (RETA) Conference is a chance for you, your principal investigator or your evaluator to discuss data analysis in a workshop setting.

All expenses are paid for the Data Connections Conferences, hosted by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, on April 24-25, in Lincoln, Neb., at the Embassy Suites Downtown. There is no registration fee, and your lodging, meals and travel (either airfare or mileage and parking) will be covered by the conference. The goals of the conference are to:

-- Share findings from the Data Connections Math Science Partnership Research, Evaluation and Technical Assistance grant;

-- Learn from other national experts on value-added modeling; and

-- Have rich discussions of issues, challenges, and methods related to VAM.

Registration is now open and can be completed online at: The deadline to register is March 21.

The conference will feature plenary presentations both by the Data Connections team and nationally-recognized statisticians and psychometricians, including Dr. Sharon Lohr, Arizona State University and Dr. Mark Reckase, Michigan State University.

There will be concurrent breakout sessions and workshop time to explore key questions related to modeling teacher and student data. You are encouraged to bring data that already have been collected to these workshops.

Math Science Partnership projects are encouraged to send teams of up to three people, composed of statisticians/psychometricians, K-12 district personnel, and educational researchers.

Data Connections is supported by the National Science Foundation, award number 1050667.

Dr. Walt Stroup, Principal Investigator
University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Dr. Jennifer Green, Co-PI
Montana State University

Dr. Wendy Smith, Co-PI
University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Dr. Leslie Lukin, Co-PI
Lincoln Public Schools