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Invitation to the ESSA Report Card Design Challenge on November 8-9
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Dear colleagues,


The U.S. Department of Education and the Data Quality Campaign invite you to join us on November 8-9 in Washington, DC for two days of sketching, prototyping and building solutions to help states design family-friendly approaches to report cards that make school data more transparent and accessible. If you are interested, read on and register!


The ESSA Report Card Design Challenge will bring together technical experts (e.g. computer programmers, graphic designers, and data visualization experts), subject matter experts (e.g. state and district leaders, experts from education policy organizations, U.S. Department of Education staff), and parents and other stakeholders to design tools, templates, and other innovative solutions that will support states in tackling the ESSA data reporting requirements.


Creators of exemplar designs may be invited to share their designs and prototypes with state leaders at the December Combined Federal Programs Meeting in Washington, DC. We will also highlight the award winners and their designs via a blog series following the challenge. To learn more about the design challenge please review the attached flier and check out our blog postannouncing the event.


We hope a team from your state will be interested in participating, but are also welcoming interested individuals. If you know other individuals or organizations that might be interested in assembling a team, please share this invitation and encourage them to register!


Due to limited space, for those interested in participating, registration is required. Please register no later than Tuesday, October 9, 2018 by completing this Registration Form.


Additional logistics information will follow. Please reach out to Sara Trettin at with any questions.


We hope to see you in DC!




Patrick Rooney

Office of State Support


Download Design Challenge Flier

About the Author

Patrick Rooney is the Director of two offices--Evidence-Based Practices Assessment and Accountability and School Support and Accountability within ED’s Office of Elementary and Secondary Education. Before this recent appointment, Mr. Rooney was the Deputy Director of the Office of State Support.  Prior to joining the Office of State Support, Mr. Rooney worked in the Implementation and Support Unit, where he helped lead the work of the Reform Support Network, providing technical assistance to states implementing comprehensive Race to the Top reforms, and the Race to the Top Assessment program, which provided grants to groups of states to develop new assessments aligned to state’s college- and career-ready standards. Mr. Rooney also worked in the DC Office of State Superintendent of Education, where he was a senior policy advisor and worked on a wide variety of K-12 issues in the District of Columbia.