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The Buzz

Weblogs, questions and answers, stories from the field, and our IDC newsletter, The Bee: This is where our voices come together to generate buzz.


Our IDC team has tales to tell and lessons to impart. Check this space for our stories, our voices, updated frequently.

High Elevation: Raising the Bar on General Supervision in Utah
Utah. The Beehive State. Its official motto is just one word: Industry. It might come as no surprise, then, that the Utah State Board of Education (USBE) has been working hard to improve the state’s general supervision system to monitor and support its local education agencies (LEAs) in achieving compliance with federal and state requirements.
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What’s in a Word? IDC Sets Intentions for 2024
For many of us, the turn of a new year represents not just a change in the calendar but an opportunity to reflect on where we’ve been and where we might like to go next. And while new year’s resolutions aren’t exactly our thing, we asked IDC TA providers and staff to share with us either a word or brief phrase that they’re keeping close to their minds and hearts as they look forward to a season of renewal and possibility.
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IDC Wrapped, 2023
Welcome to the first-ever IDC Wrapped, where, similar to a certain popular music streaming app we will not nay cannot name (we saw your email, legal department), we take some time to look back at some of the highlights of the year that was here at...
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Sweet Sounds of Success: IDC’s A Date with Data Podcast Highlights State Stories
One thing years of experience have taught us: States love stories. Specifically, states love stories about other states, challenges they’ve faced, processes and strategies they’ve employed, successes they’ve enjoyed. That was the spark behind IDC’s twice-monthly podcast, A Date with Data, now in its second year of production and an effort that is particularly relevant in light of the Department of Education’s recent focus on sharing out state success stories.
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IDC’s Fall Conference Preview: Who Will Be Where and When
Sweaters, hot chocolate, falling leaves: Conference season (aka autumn) is upon us, and IDC is busier than ever. Throw on a jacket and join us for this overview of our fall presentation schedule.
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Now There’s an App for That: Everything You Need to Know About IDC’s NRBA App
IDC recently launched its most sophisticated statistical analysis tool to date. The Nonresponse Bias Analysis Application—NRBA App offers states the ability to conduct reproducible analyses of response rates, representativeness, and nonresponse bias for SPP/APR Indicators 8 and 14 using state-of-the-art statistical software. Join us for a closer look at the story and purpose behind this first-of-its-kind application.
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Our quarterly newsletter is designed to keep you up to date and in the know.

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Buzz Buzz Brrrrr: Our Winter 2024 Edition

By the time February rolls around, winter can feel like it's here to stay. At IDC, we've decided to embrace the season, lighting both figurative and literal fires and looking forward to the warmer, brighter days ahead.

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Wuxtry! Wuxtry!

Did you miss an issue of The Bee? No, you didn't! You can find past editions right here on our digital newsstand. 

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Our IDC team brings with it a lifetime of experiences, insight, and collective wisdom that informs our work and shapes who we are. Check this space for an insider's glimpse at what makes us tick.

Back on the Horse: Sarah Walters and Elton

Sometimes getting back to your roots means coming full circle. Sometimes you even bring a friend along for the ride. Take for instance IDC TA specialist Sarah Walters

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Speed Read: Chris Thacker and the Race to Laguna Seca

IDC TA specialist and State Liaison Chris Thacker has a need for speed. In fact, over the years Chris has attended dozens of GT road races across the country, but it’s his own sprint to California’s legendary Laguna Seca Raceway that will forever stand out as his race to the race.

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10 Questions with...Christina MacDonald

Christina MacDonald is an IDC TA specialist. In that role, she helps state and local education agencies consider their unique context and vision and works with them to identify how data can support the next steps in achieving their unique goals. She was kind enough to sit down with us recently to answer some important questions.

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10 Questions with...Rachel Wilkinson

Rachel Wilkinson is an IDC State Liaison who provides technical assistance and support around IDEA Part B data, co-leads data-quality peer groups, and assists with the development of tools and resources based on needs from the field. She took time out of her busy schedule to sit down with us.

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10 Questions with...Amber Stohr

Amber Stohr is an IDC State Liaison and TA Specialist working to develop resources and tools for SEAs to use in their efforts to enhance data quality and reporting. She sat down with us to answer some burning questions.

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Lights! Camera! Data!

Want information about the special education data that states collect but don't know where to start? This video series from IDC offers an introduction to the data that states are required to report as part of IDEA's Section 618. Popcorn not included.

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