ODE recently hosted a three-member team from the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) who came to Oregon to learn about the Direct Access to Achievement Project. Under their SLDS grant, Kansas is embarking on a data use training initiative similar to Oregon’s to educate and empower educators to use data to improve instruction. “We are huge supporters of the Oregon DATA Project and feel fortunate to be able to work directly with Mickey Garrison and her colleagues,” says Kateri Grillot, senior trainer for KSDE. “We were specifically interested to learn how the project was constructed and modified over time to meet the needs of educators.” During their two-day visit on July 13-14, the Kansas team met at ODE to discuss data issues, talk to Oregon DATA Project personnel, and develop a 100-day plan of action to take back with them. The visit is courtesy of the Personnel Exchange Network, a U.S. Department of Education-sponsored program that provides travel funds so organizations can share knowledge about education data issues.