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Education Information Management Advisory Consortium (EIMAC)

The Education Information Management Advisory Consortium (EIMAC) is CCSSO's network of state education agency (SEA) officials tasked with data collection and reporting; information system management and design; and assessment coordination. This network has been in place at the Council since the 1960s and has been re-visioned at key times to meet the pressing needs of SEAs.

EIMAC Mission

The EIMAC mission is to influence and contribute to national and state policy related to:

  • data and technology systems management and strategy;
  • the use of educational data to support the Chief's policy priorities and reform strategies, to inform teaching and learning; and to meet federal reporting requirements.

The CCSSO Board of Directors asked that EIMAC:

  • promote and facilitate collective state action around integrated information, technology, and assessment systems,
  • assist states in the implementation of Common Education Data Standards that may lead to the development of more open source applications and the display/delivery of educational information to be used within and across state lines,
  • assist state education agencies in the design, implementation, and sustainability of statewide education information systems to enable collecting, reporting, and using education data,
  • help states use their information systems to assist in transforming our current education system to deliver on the promise to prepare every child for lifelong learning, meaningful work, and citizenship in the 21st century, and
  • provide state representatives with a forum to share and capture best practices, products, and processes in order to build state capacity around information management and data use.

EIMAC Vision

Our vision is that technology and information will be available and effectively used in our states to enhance student learning and success.

EIMAC CIO Network & Action Groups

  • CIO Network - The EIMAC CIO Network (CIO Network) is a collaboration forum for Chief Information Officers (CIOs) across EIMAC member states. The group focuses on CIO best practice including program/project management techniques, quality controls and practice, leadership engagement, and systems management and technology strategies. The CIO Network provides leadership to EIMAC by determining priorities for collaborative state work and setting and reviewing action group topics. This Network also provides a platform for CIOs to present a collective voice in national dialog with key federal and industry partners. Please note: the Network is limited to the CIO (or similar role) or a chief designee.
  • Data Standards Action Group - This group will focus on the implementation of data standards and support SEA infrastructure. Please note: states are encouraged to engage staff in this action group who focus primarily on data standards and technology issues including Systems Architects, Integrators, or others in similar roles; states may opt to send more than one representative to this action group.
  • Education Technology Action Group - This group will focus on instructional technologies, supporting open educational resources (OER), and implementing E-rate modernization.  Please note: states are encouraged to engage staff in this action group who focus primarily on education technology, digital learning, E-rate coordination, or others similar roles; states may opt to send more than one representative to this action group.
  • Financial Transparency Action Group - This group is aimed at implementation of the ESSA requirement to report per pupil expenditures and will focus on ensuring the use of this information to support equity. Please note: states are encouraged to engage staff in this action group who focus primarily on fiscal issues including Chief Financial Officers, fiscal data leads, or others in similar roles; states may opt to send more than one representative to this action group.
  •  Data Privacy Action Group - This group is intended to support continuous improvement of SEA privacy policies and implementation. Please note: states are encouraged to engage staff in this action group who focus primarily on privacy issues including Chief Privacy Officer, or others in similar roles; states may opt to send more than one representative to this action group.
  • CIO Portal Action Group - Launched in May 2016, the CIO Network Information Portal is an online resource for states to share information on the products, services, and applications employed by SEAs. The portal allows states to share vendor contacts, RFP language, contracts, and pricing. The portal enables increased collaboration across states and supports more robust and productive conversations with vendor partners. Please note: this group is limited to state education agencies that are current members of EIMAC. Members should be recommended by their EIMAC Team Lead. 

 

Membership & Partner Information:

  • To learn more about the EIMAC membership, please click here.
  • To learn more about the EIMAC Partner program, please click here.

 

How to Join EIMAC:   

  • State Members: Fill out the online form for EIMAC here, sign digitally and submit it.
  • Partners: Fill out the online form for EIMAC here, sign digitally and submit it.
  • An invoice will be sent within five (5) business days of submitting your invoice request. 
  • If you have any questions, concerns or need assistance, please contact Kimberly Gondwe: