The National Governors Association in partnership with the Data Quality Campaign is working with states in a new learning ecosystem to help Governors’ offices and other state officials better understand their state longitudinal data systems.
There is a growing desire amongst Governors to identify and track students from early learning through their entry into the workforce in order to evaluate programs, inform strategic decision-making, analyze trends and ultimately improve outcomes. Each state has an array of data collection methods and tools, but many states use a State Longitudinal Data System (SLDS) to meet these needs and connect students’ records across at least two of four core state agencies: early learning, k-12, postsecondary and workforce. When states have a fully connected SLDS, they can use that data to measure student success and assess their progress as well as the quality of educational and skills-development programs that are intended to prepare them for the labor market. Further, when the information from such a data system is shared, policymakers, educators, employers and students can make informed decisions to guide their pathway through education and the workforce.
In response to the increased focus on strengthening and expanding State Longitudinal Data Systems, the National Governors…
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