News Updates

April, 2016

Greg Weeks and Toby Paterson completed a study on the differences in income earned by workers who went directly into a four year university, and those who first enrolled in a community college and then transferred. The study focused on individuals who graduated from a Washington high school between 2004 and 2008. They observed that those who attended a community college before receiving their bachelor's degree earn a little bit more each year (on average) before they graduate than those who go straight into a four year program. This disparity, however, disappears once students graduate. There appears to have been no economic benefit for those student who went straight into a four-year college (over those who first went to a community college and then transferred). In addition, Greg and Toby observed that regardless of the path by which workers received their bachelor's degrees, female graudates earned (on average) about 80% of what male graduates earned.

July, 2015

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:

  1. Financial Equity and Return on Investment (ROI)
  2. Educator Talent Management
  3. Early Learning
  4. College and Career
  5. Evaluation and Research
  6. 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.