The Data Needs Assessment project is an initiative of the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE)  and the Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) to assess how best the state can provide data and data support services that will allow Virginia  educators to make data-driven decisions that will impact educator and student performance. 


Update 4/5/2015
The request for proposal process is still underway and evaluations of proposals for the technology solution are continuing. Vendor selection targeted for May 2015. 

Additionally, the state has issued an RFI to ascertain what would constitute a foundation on which to build a professional development program. What is considered the bare basic knowledge or skill sets for educators who want to use data to improve instruction?  Interested parties can locate the solicitation by going to the Virginia Business Opportunities (VBO) section in eVA (www.eva.virginia.gov) by clicking on "I Sell To Virginia".  The RFI is posted with solicitation # DOE-PD-2015-01. The RFI is for information only; therefore, an interested vendor does not have to be self-registered in eVA to view the RFI nor to submit a response to RFI; however, they must have their response to the issuing agency by the close date/time (Monday, April 20, 2015 @ 2:00pm).


Update 1/12/2015
The Steering Group of the Data Needs Assessment project will convene on January 14th via webinar to review project progress. The call will focus on gathering input for the next phase of the project which is to develop a portal for delivering data use professional development to Virginia educators. The output of this meeting will be shared via webinars (to be scheduled at a later date).


Update 12/01/14 - Request for Proposals Posted
On December 1, 2014, a Request for Proposal was posted to eVA, Virginia’s online, electronic procurement system. Interested vendors are invited to submit proposals by January 23, 2015, 4:00 PM. Questions may be addressed to James Mackenzie at james.mackenzie@vita.virginia.gov.

PreBid Conference December 16, 2014, 2:00 PM. Deadline for written questions is December 12, 2014.

For more details, see the Solicitation.


Update 11/17/14
On October 29, 2014, the team presented an update of the project’s progress to date at the 2014 conference of the Virginia Association of Testing Directors.   

The requirements for a Request for Proposal (RFP) were clarified and development of the RFP is underway. The RFP is expected to be released in December 2014.

Upcoming Plans and Opportunities:
A meeting of the stakeholder steering group will be convened in the near future to begin to focus on a plan for professional development on data and data use. 

REL Appalachia is offering a workshop for Virginia educators entitled “Uncovering the Sources of Student Learning Challenges: Analyzing and Interpreting Data” on December 4, 2014, in Roanoke. You can register here.

Update 10/15/14
The DNA project continues to progress and the team is closer to securing a technology solution as the RFP evaluation team is currently reviewing the requirements assembled by a Requirements Working Group, a diverse group of regional stakeholders. The next phase of the DNA project is to investigate options for providing statewide professional development on effective data use.

Upcoming Opportunities:
The DNA team will be sharing an update at the Virginia Association of Testing Directors (VATD) Conference

REL Appalachia is offering a workshop for Virginia educators entitled “Uncovering the Sources of Student Learning Challenges: Analyzing and Interpreting Data” on December 4, 2014, in Roanoke. You can register here.


Update 8/5/14
The DNA Steering Group convened on 7/24/14 to review the next phase of the project.

Technology and Integration. In preparation for implementing the technology and integration component of the Instructional Improvement Architecture, the technology requirements will be refined and included as part of an RFP process.  The project team will continue to engage stakeholders at all levels to refine and agree upon requirements and agree upon a solution to meet the need of all stakeholders, regardless of size or resources.   

Volunteers Needed. The DNA project team is recruiting members for a Requirements Working Group. This group needs 2 teachers, 2 administrators, 2 DDOTs and 2 school counselors to refine the technology requirements that will feed into the RFP document. The time commitment involves 2-3 webinars and some evaluation of documents. A small stipend will be available to participants. Interested candidates can contact Brooke Bell at brooke.bell@cit.org.

Education Data Professional Development Center. In addition, the team will be consulting experts and providers and research-led solutions to build a blueprint for a sustainable education data professional development solution. Next steps include clarifying requirements, assembling a requirements working group to build solution requirements and to recruit an evaluation committee.


Update 7/18/2014
The first phase of the DNA project included thorough best practices research, stakeholder outreach and technology analysis that resulted in the delivery of a needs assessment to serve as an action plan for making the aforementioned shift. The second phase of the project will include the implementation of an Instructional Improvement Architecture (IIA) to support Virginia’s educators on the use of education data. The framework for this IIA includes two components: (1) Technology and Integration and (2) Professional Development and Division Support. The Data Needs Steering Group will be meeting on July 24th to review the project considerations and the upcoming tasks for DNA Phase II, which will include the selection of an RFP Working Group and the development of a blueprint for an Education Data Professional Development Center.

Contact Information
Questions can be directed to Brooke Bell at brooke.bell@cit.org