AEFP 44th Annual Conference

Building the Connections Between Research and Policy

Kansas City Marriott Downtown - Kansas City, Missouri
March 21-23, 2019

Pre-conference Workshops

We are offering two pre-conference workshops this year, both of which will run on the Thursday morning March 15th, 2018 from 8:30-11:30.

  • Bruce Baker and Mark Weber from Rutgers University and Matt Chingos from the Urban Institute will be sharing two new data tools on equity in school funding and its connection to student outcomes. Thanks to the WT Grant Foundation, this workshop is being offered at no cost to participants. Please sign up during the registration process.
  • The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) will provide a comprehensive overview of state-of-the-art data tools from NCES that allow users to easily access and analyze NCES data. Cost is $100, click here for more information.

Harnessing the Power of National Data Sets for Enhancing Longitudinal Research in Education Finance & Policy

Bruce Baker & Mark Weber, Rutgers University
Matthew Chingos, Urban Institute

In the past year, The Education Law Center of New Jersey in collaboration with Rutgers Graduate School of Education released the School Funding Fairness Data System, expanding on their ongoing report Is School Funding Fair first produced in 2009. Concurrently, the Urban Institute produced a first-generation analysis and supporting website tracking state-level school funding progressiveness. While the methods of these two endeavors differ slightly, their findings are highly correlated. More importantly, these two endeavors reflect a growing recognition that it matters that states provide sufficient funding to higher poverty districts and schools. Further, these endeavors to more accurately and openly characterize the state of school funding equity coincide with the release and expansion of the Stanford Education Data Archive (SEDA), which provides annual district-level, nationally normed estimates of student achievement in math and reading, greatly expanding research capacity to study connections between school funding and student outcomes.

Both the Urban Institute and ELC endeavors seek to make longitudinal national data on schools, districts, and states more readily available (including all underlying data), with a focus on tracking school funding and related indicators. The proposed workshop will introduce participants to these tools and data. Presenters and participants will discuss:

  1. ways to enhance available data and tools;
  2. possible future academic research applying the data and tools;
  3. ways in which the tools and data might be used to directly inform policy;
  4. ways to improve collaboration and communication among researchers engaged in similar and overlapping efforts.

Matthew Chingos of the Urban Institute will introduce participants to Urban’s education funding trends data dashboard ( with state-level data on progressivity and levels for 1995-2015. Chingos will also discuss Urban’s forthcoming data portal, which will bring together a number of national datasets on schools, districts, and colleges, including data from the Common Core of Data, Office of Civil Rights, and Census Poverty Estimates.

Bruce Baker and Mark Weber will introduce participants to the School Funding Fairness Data System (, and provide an overview of indicators constructed for the state indicators panel of the data system, including regression-based estimates of progressiveness, census-derived measures of income gaps, and income adjusted measures of outcomes and outcome gaps. Baker and Weber will conclude with an introduction to current research applying the data, in combination with SEDA outcome data.

Accessing and Exploring NCES Data through Data Tools and New Training Modules

Pre-Conference Workshop: Thursday March 15, 2018, 8:30am - 12:00pm

Cost: $100

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) has several state-of-the-art data tools that allow users to easily access and analyze data. This course provides participants with a comprehensive overview of those tools to access data sets. Participants will learn how to access public-use and restricted-use data sets, create reports and data tables, find published reports, and conduct analyses in selected statistical tools. NCES offers a large variety of national, state, local, school, and student data sets including assessment data, cross-sectional data, survey data, and administrative records. Participants will understand which data sets cover their educational topic of interest. The course is designed for graduate students, faculty members, researchers, and other users with an interest in using NCES data for their research studies, evaluations, and data projects. Participants are not required to have any pre-requisite skills to attend, and should bring their personal laptops for interactive, in-class activities. Each participant will receive an Accessing and Exploring NCES Data “cookbook” that provides comprehensive instruction and screen shots explaining how to navigate six NCES data tools and one distance learning module.

First, the session will introduce NCES’ Distance Learning Dataset Training System (DLDT), which provides information about all NCES datasets and the tools that users need in order to find published reports, explore and acquire data, create data files, and conduct analyses in selected statistical software packages. The DLDT provides instruction in how to properly use NCES public-use and restricted-use datasets. Second, the session will also offer an in-depth instruction on six NCES data tools, including the Elementary/Secondary Information System (ELSI); the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) Data Explorer; the Educational Data Analysis Tool (EDAT); the Educational Demographic and Geographic Estimates (EDGE) table viewer; Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS); and the Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC) Data Tool.

Instructor Information
Stephen Q. Cornman, co-Session Organizer –
Emmanuel Sikali, co-Session Organizer –
Laura Nixon –
Gigi Jones –
Stephanie Miller─
Osei Ampadu─
Stephen Wheeler─
Andrew White─