The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, in collaboration with the Education Research and Data Center, was recently awarded a $7 million four-year Statewide Longitudinal Data Systems (SLDS) grant. This is an ongoing program designed to help states develop longitudinal data systems that allow states to answer key policy questions related to education. Sixteen states received funding to carry out projects to address up to two of six priorities focusing on data use:
- Financial Equity and Return on Investment (ROI)
- Educator Talent Management
- Early Learning
- College and Career
- Evaluation and Research
- Instructional Support
This grant opportunity is a sister initiative to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Workforce Data Quality Initiative grants for expanding education databases to include workforce data. In its application, ERDC committed to use the funds to expand and promote research related to "College and Career" and "Evaluation and Research." It will use these funds to help expand the High School Feedback Report and the Earnings for Graduates Report, create an Early Learning Feedback Report, incorporate financial aid data in postsecondary analyses, link juvenile justice participants with education outcomes, and much more. The grant will also be used to help cultivate communications with P20W data consumers.