Fifteenth DATAG Summer Conference Celebration!  Register Today

In our 16th year, DATAG is pleased to continue our support of appropriate use of data for instructional improvement at our 2016 Summer Conference, July 14 and 15, and at our pre-conference on July 13, in Saratoga Springs, NY.

Author and National Speaker Dr. Candi McKay Keynotes Our Conference

Dr. Candi B. McKay, National Speaker and author of “You Don't Have to be Bad to Get Better: A Leader's Guide to Improving Teacher Quality” will be our pre-conference presenter and Keynote Speaker for DATAG's 15th summer conference.  Participants in the pre-conference will receive a copy of this book included in their registration fee.  Candi will also be our Keynote Speaker on Thursday morning.  She is an experienced New York educator, teaching in Canandaigua City Schools, supervising in the Department of Education at Nazareth College in Rochester, and working as a National Consultant with the Educational Testing Service while developing her own consulting group.  See more at her LinkedIn page:

Dr. McKay’s Wednesday Preconference, from 1:00-4:00, is as follows:

Three Keys to “Get Better” Teaching and Learning

What are the keys to improving teaching practice that has remained virtually the same for decades?  Enhancing professional practice requires courage, a deep understanding of teaching and learning, and the ability to use evidence (data) to drive improvements in practice.  How can district and school leaders and data coaches use these factors to empower teachers to make the changes needed to put students in the driver’s seat of their learning?  This practical session offers specific tools and strategies that investigate each key through authentic examples and lively group discussion.

Her keynote on Thursday morning:

Leading with Moral Courage: Pathway to Professional Learning

“You don’t have to be bad to get better.”  Adopting this mindset is essential to breaking through the barriers of traditional school cultures that fear constructive criticism and feedback, and creating school environments where professional learning for all is expected and celebrated.  Making this shift requires a good dose of moral courage by both school leaders and the professional staff they supervise. How is moral courage demonstrated?  Follow the pathway that instructional leaders have taken to empower teachers to become the architects of their professional learning, creating cultures where “getting better” applies to everyone in the system.

Thursday Sessions:

Following Dr. McKay on Thursday, we have 5 blocks of concurrent presentations in 7 rooms.  As of June 20, we have 33 of those session booked with presenters from districts, from higher education, and from consultants and vendors serving the interests of the DATAG membership.  More details about these sessions will be forthcoming in a few weeks when we are fully booked.  The day will culminate with a late afternoon reception sponsored again by eScholar, and featuring the Educator of the Year award and drawings for gifts donated by our vendor sponsors.  Currently we have 19 vendors who will have table displays and representatives to explain how their services can help your districts.  We have room for more vendor tables as well.  

Friday Features:

On Friday, we have three full group sessions that will be of significant interest to attendees. We begin the day with our long-standing DATAG contributor, Assistant Commissioner for Accountability Ira Schwartz, with his update on accountability, on APPR and on ESSA as we work together to implement new regulations from both New York State and the USDOE.  

Following the Assistant Commissioner, we have two representatives of Questar Assessments, our new state assessment vendor.  They will discuss the process of building the assessments, field tests, implementation issues, and post-test usage for instruction.  This is a wonderful opportunity to speak directly with key folks from Questar and be far better informed about where NYS is going with mandated testing.

Closing out Friday we’ll have a panel that includes John Mckenna, President of SAANYS, a NYS principal, and we are working to add a NYSUT representative and a district HR representative to discuss the implications of ESSA and NYS interactions with the USDOE. So Friday is a significant opportunity to get the latest information about the major changes in testing policy and implementation issues from multiple perspectives.  You don’t want to miss this half-day.

Miscellaneous Details:

Remember continental breakfast and lunch are included Thursday and Friday.  The Saratoga Hilton still has a few rooms left in the DATAG room block.  We have space for many more registrants who are driving in for the day or who will stay at other locations in the area if the Hilton is fully booked.  

Go to and click on the Summer Conference link in the menu bar at the top of the page.  Reading down the page, you’ll find a link to register, to submit a proposal for one of the few remaining slots, and farther down a link to register for a room at the conference hotel.

Perhaps one of the best parts of the DATAG Summer Conference is the opportunity to network with other districts and vendors across New York that are doing the kind of work that you do.  

Registration is now open at the link lower on this page.  There you will also find an online form with which you can propose a session that you would like to present to your colleagues, and farther down the page, a hotel reservation link to book at the Saratoga Hilton.

Please forward this to others in your district, particularly those involved in teacher evaluation, APPR and ESSA, and data analysis so they know what they will miss if they don’t attend.  Invite them to join the free DATAG listserv on our website if they are not already enrolled and they will receive updates on conference programs as plans are finalized.  

For questions, email Dr. Brian Preston, Conference CoChair, at  

We hope to see you there.  

Thursday Sessions as of 6/20/16

Klecher:   SRI-Student Reading Growth: Individual Student Targets Set Using Excel
Cohen:    A Reality Based Definition and Analysis of College and Career Readiness
Shaffer & Davey:  Everything Staff Data: Reporting Staff to NYSED
Johnson & Atkinson:  Data Analytics for NYS Schools
Haltermann & Roberge:  Measuring Success of ELA Common Core Implementation
Joe Stern:  CIO 101-A Review of the Basics That Every District Data Coordinator Should Know  (Double Session)
Brendan Longe:  Administering and Utilizing Interim Assessments
Bartash, Ruggio & Reiser:   Current Issues for the District Data Coordinator
Tymann & Simmons:  Designing Regional Assessments to Inform Instruction in the Hamptons
Russell, Covell & Wood:  End of Year Data Reporting
King & Lytell:  Using a Data Dashboard to Help Project Trends and Analyze Numeric Data Sets
Steinberg & Ziegelmen: Team Teaching and Inquiry
Frank:  Autonomy and Accountability: Innovation in Public Education and NYS Charter Schools
Kakascik & Anderson-Butler:  Effective Use of Your District Data Team
deBarros:  UIASReader
Tamarazio & Ryan:  Analyzing NYS Math Data for the Classroom
Fitzgerald & Romano: 12 RICs Working as One in Support of District Data Privacy
Pratt:  How Has the Opt-Out Movement Affected Data AnalysisforGrade3-8 Asessments
Borgioli:  Attending to Bias and Fairness in Local Assessment Design
McCarthy:  Skills for Data Coaches
eSchool Data:  GURU Board
webEdge:  Display Table
Centris Group:  A Full Lifecycle Data Solution for Response to Intervention
DataCataion:  Making our Physical Data Wall Into a Virtual Data Wall
Right Reason Technologies: Take Control of Your Assessments! Design Balanced Assessments
Performance Matters:  Display Table
Educational Vistas:  Sponsorship and Display Table
Schooltool:  Display Table
Questar Assessments:  Display Table
Infinite Campus:  Look At That Shinny New Toy! A Revie of  Things to Consider Before Purchasing an LMS
eDoctrina:  APPR Management Using eDoctrina-New OBSeRVE Dashboard
eScholar:  Can We Actually Turn “College and Career Readiness: into Action?  and Thursday reception
NewWay Technologies:  Technology Engaged Teaching
IBM: Making Data Analysis More Efficient and Effective With IBM SPSS Solutions
NWEA:  Display Table
Strategic Measurement and Evaluation:  Display Table
Renaissance Learning :  Display Table


Author and National Speaker Candi McKay Keynotes Our Conference

When you register for the Summer Conference, the yearly membership fee of $210 is included.

Summer Conference, July 13-15, 2016:  $375. Includes annual membership fee of $210.

Pre-conference, July 13: $105 additional

Total: Pre-Conference plus 2 day summer conference: $480. Includes annual membership fee.

Friday One-day fee: $125

Presenters at the Summer Conference will have one conference fee waived. Membership fees will still apply. This means that a presenter will have $165 waived from the conference fee of $375 , and if membership is desired, will pay the $210 membership fee. Multiple presenters presenting at the same session will receive one discount for the lead presenter. The lead presenter will pay the membership fee. Other co-presenters will pay the full conference fee ($375). The fee waiver does not apply to the pre-conference day fee or to the last day single day fee.

Vendor Information

Vendors of products and services of interest to DATAG members are invited to participate in the Summer Conference. Summer vendor fee: $550 for a table and $1100 for a table and presentation. Vendors may also purchase memberships for individuals, entitling them to attend the Membership Meetings. Sponsorships for an additional $1500 are available.  To register to be a vendor for DATAG, please go to the Submit Summer Conference Proposals link above, where details on sponsorships are explained.    

Staying in Saratoga

What is there to do in Saratoga? Find out HERE or HERE

To reserve a room at the conference hotel, click HERE     Note: This link takes you to the hotel's online registration platform, which is shared with DATAG Summer Conference event planner, Brian Preston.  Dr. Preston can monitor the number of rooms booked in the conference room block (which earns DATAG rebates on conference costs and helps keep our costs down).  DATAG keeps registration information private and does not share names or contact information with third parties.   




A group of New York State education experts that provides leadership by identifying, cataloging and modeling best practices in the analysis and use of school data. The NY Schools Data Analysis Technical Assistance Group guides professional development by assisting schools in understanding performance assessments which creates change in the instruction of curriculum and helps institutions meet New York educational standards.