[SATLUG] OT: also for educators, proposed statewide database

Don Davis dondavis at reglue.org
Thu Feb 11 06:28:19 CST 2010

This basically describes the proposed state wide database system.

 >Please see the recent Correspondence to Districts posted this week at 
 >http://ritter.tea.state.tx.us/taa/comm020110.html regarding  our 
 >upcoming Texas Student Data System (TSDS) regional workshops.  The TEA 
 >urges you to consider participating in one of these workshops to help 
 >guide the design of the new data system.

 >Whether you are a classroom teacher, a campus administrator, or a 
 >district administrator, your input is crucial to the process.  Please 
 >consider taking advantage of this opportunity to participate.

The opportunity to participate could be a call for open standards 
especially the possibility of retrieving the data in an open format such 
as CSV.  (I do not consider parsing PDFs into csv's to be ideal.)

Here's a brief description:

Here's a flow chart:

It's possible for Texas school employees to provide feedback here:

This is where it might be advisable to advocate the exporting of data to 
  non-proprietary standards such as CSV and promote an open API.

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