R – Special Education Data Cleaning

Three new scripts have been added to the R resource section:

  • SpecEd_36_ISD_Coding.R
  • SpecEd_G9_ISD_Coding.R
  • SpecEd_OSSLT_FTE_ISD_Coding.R

These files have been developed to support the analysis of achievement or context by Special Education categories.

Each of the scripts takes your ISD file and:

  • recodes the Special Education IEP Types into a single column with each IEP Type labeled.
  • recodes the Special Education IEP Type into a single column by the Ministry categories of exceptionalities (http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/general/elemsec/speced/guide/specedpartae.pdf page A18).
  • creates a new file with the two new recoded variables appended to all the ISD variables.
  • creates a new smaller file with fields of interest (this file is useful in constructing cohort data sets).
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Join us at OERS 2014…

If you are attending the 2014 Ontario Education Research Symposium be sure to stop by the Data User Group table that will be set up for the poster session. It will be a great opportunity to network and get feedback on the topics and issues you would like to see supported and promoted through the Data User Group.

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Second Workshop Scheduled for “Introduction to R – Towards Reproducible Research”

A second “Introduction to R – Towards Reproducible Research” workshop has been scheduled for January 9th, 2014.  The format and material covered will be the same as the December 9th workshop and is intended to provide an additional opportunity to learn about R.  This workshop is presented in collaboration with the Barrie Region and Toronto Region MISA (Managing Information for Student Achievement) PNCs (Professional Network Centres).

As with the previous workshop, it is intended to be a starting point for: those with no experience with R; those who would like an R refresher; those who would like to begin developing reproducible reports.

The morning will consist of demonstrations of the basics of R such as :

• Loading data, recoding variables, merging data files
• Simple analyses, such as frequencies and cross tabulation
• Data visualization

The afternoon will focus on preparing reports in R, including:

• Customizing appearance
• Combining script, analyses and visualizations
• Automating annual reports

If you are interested in attending, please contact Chris Conley:
Conley_Chris at Durham dot edu dot on dot ca

Note: MISA is a provincial initiative in Ontario designed to increase both provincial and local capacity to use data and information for evidence-informed decision-making to improve student achievement.

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R Resources

Thank you to all those who attended yesterday’s workshop “Introduction to R – Towards Reproducible Research”.  It was a lot of material to cover but the conversations and feedback has been great.  Many of the resources that were shared yesterday are available in the section R Resources located on the banner above.

Planning is currently under way to deliver this same workshop again in the new year.  Our expectation is that it will be at a location east of Toronto.  If you are interested in attending or would like to be included on the DUG email distribution list, please contact Chris Conley:   Conley_Chris at durham.edu.on.ca

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Introduction to R – Towards Reproducible Research

On December 9th, 2013, DUG will be holding the hands-on workshop “Introduction to R – Towards Reproducible Research“.  This workshop is presented In collaboration with the Barrie Region and Toronto Region MISA (Managing Information for Student Achievement) PNCs (Professional Network Centres).

This workshop is intended to be a starting point for: those with no experience with R; those who would like an R refresher; those who would like to begin developing reproducible reports.

The morning will consist of demonstrations of the basics of R such as :

• Loading data, recoding variables, merging data files
• Simple analyses, such as frequencies and cross tabulation
• Data visualization

The afternoon will focus on preparing reports in R, including:

• Customizing appearance
• Combining script, analyses and visualizations
• Automating annual reports

Note: MISA is a provincial initiative in Ontario designed to increase both provincial and local capacity to use data and information for evidence-informed decision-making to improve student achievement.

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