En Route to Seamless Statewide Education Data Systems

En Route to Seamless Statewide Education Data Systems: Addressing Five Cross-Cutting Concerns

Creating a coherent, effective, and sustainable state longitudinal data system requires much more than simply establishing linkages between existing systems. Through a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, SHEEO convened a workshop, Linking K-12 and Postsecondary Data Systems, as a forum for states to engage in peer-to-peer learning. The workshop brought together cross-sector, data-focused, leadership teams from 11 states with content experts from prominent national organizations for two days of collaborative sessions. Through workshop discussions, state teams identified five core processes which are key to successfully implementing longitudinal data initiatives: identifying shared benefits as a foundation for cooperative work across sectors; reconciling technical differences between independently created data systems; assuring student privacy while sharing data to foster improvement; designing a data system to enable effective use by key constituencies; and planning for long-term sustainability of state longitudinal data systems. Drawing from the experiences shared by workshop participants—education leaders in states actively engaged in the process of creating seamless data systems—this report addresses each of these components in turn and presents an overview of insights and strategies to address emerging, prevalent, cross-state concerns.

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Publication Date: 
Saturday, August 1, 2009
Sharmila Basu Conger