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Implement, Improve and Expand Your Statewide Longitudinal Data System: Creating a Culture of Data in Education

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Step-by-step guidance for implementing an effective statewide longitudinal data system

Every U.S. state faces challenges in its efforts to ensure the highest-quality education for students. To address these challenges, a growing number of states are establishing statewide longitudinal data systems (SLDSs), a data-rich system integrating relevant data about a student's education. Implementing Statewide Longitudinal Data Systems for Education presents a detailed and contextualized discussion of SLDSs, which will serve as a recipe for states that want to implement an SLDS, develop design and enactment of new and existing SLDS systems, addressing implementation, operation and optimization.

  • Provides a contextualized discussion of the history and purpose of SLDSs

  • Describes how to plan for and implement an SLDS, including best practices regarding data governance, standards and privacy

  • Discusses proven methods of data management, and details the two most popular methods of database architectures used for SLDSs

  • Provides 5 case studies of states successfully using SLDSs

  • Offers suggestions for expansion and inclusion of new datasets over time

This essential book addresses the culture of data concept, providing a guide for states to usher in a new era in their education system where data is invaluable and used by everyone, not simply the newest version of the old system. A robust LDS initiative includes linked student records, teacher records, test scores, course selection, finances, certifications, licensure, salary and more. Concluding with a discussion of the potential future uses of SLDS, this book is the ultimate guide to SLDS implementation and understanding.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Series
  3. Title Page
  4. Copyright
  5. Dedication
  6. Foreword
  7. Preface
  8. Acknowledgments
  9. Chapter 1: How to Establish a Successful SLDS
    1. WHAT IS A STATEWIDE LONGITUDINAL DATA SYSTEM?
    2. WHAT AN SLDS CAN DO THAT SNEAKER NET CANNOT
    3. WHAT IT TAKES TO IMPLEMENT (OR IMPROVE) A SUCCESSFUL SLDS
    4. PREVIEW
    5. NOTES
  10. Chapter 2: The SLDS Landscape
    1. HISTORY OF LONGITUDINAL DATA SYSTEMS
    2. THE STATE OF SLDSS TODAY
    3. DATA MANAGEMENT MODELS
    4. CONCLUSION
    5. NOTES
  11. Chapter 3: Getting Started on Your SLDS
    1. SLDS PLANNING AND PREPARATION
    2. ESTABLISH A DATA GOVERNANCE BOARD
    3. ADDRESS INTEROPERABILITY OF THE DATA
    4. SET POLICIES FOR DATA SECURITY AND STUDENT PRIVACY
    5. EVALUATE CURRENT SYSTEMS AND MAKE CONNECTIONS
    6. MAKE IT SUSTAINABLE
    7. CONCLUSION
    8. NOTES
  12. Chapter 4: Data Management: Creating One Version of the Truth
    1. WHAT IS MASTER DATA MANAGEMENT?
    2. INCORPORATING MDM PRINCIPLES IN YOUR SLDS
    3. CONCLUSION
    4. NOTES
  13. Chapter 5: Florida Case Study: The Up- and Downside of Being the First
    1. FLORIDA’S SLDS
    2. RENOVATING WHAT EXISTS USING FEDERAL GRANTS
    3. CONCLUSION
    4. NOTES
  14. Chapter 6: Michigan Case Study: SLDS—a Tool for Reinventing the Economy
    1. MICHIGAN’S SLDS: MOVING BEYOND COMPLIANCE
    2. CAREER AND COLLEGE READY INITIATIVE: HOW LONGITUDINAL DATA CAN INFORM THE DISCUSSION
    3. CONCLUSION
    4. NOTES
  15. Chapter 7: North Carolina Case Study: New SLDS, Existing Partnerships
    1. STAKEHOLDERS AND THE NC P20W SYSTEM
    2. THE VISION
    3. STATE LEGISLATION REINFORCING SLDS
    4. CONCLUSION
    5. NOTES
  16. Chapter 8: Sharing Information with Others
    1. PUBLIC INFORMATION SHARING: WHAT INFORMATION IS THE PUBLIC ENTITLED TO AND INTERESTED IN?
    2. POLICY MAKERS AND STATE-LEVEL DECISION MAKERS: HOW CAN LEGISLATORS ENABLE AND USE LONGITUDINAL DATA?
    3. RESEARCHERS: HOW CAN STATES LEVERAGE RESEARCHERS TO MAKE THE LONGITUDINAL DATA ANSWER KEY QUESTIONS?
    4. ESTABLISHING THE CONNECTION WITH ACADEMIA
    5. PARENTS: WHAT LONGITUDINAL DATA DO PARENTS NEED, AND HOW WILL IT MAKE A DIFFERENCE?
    6. STUDENTS: HOW CAN SCHOOLS PROVIDE STUDENTS WITH MORE INTUITIVE, INSTANT ACCESS TO THEIR OWN STUDENT RECORD CONTEXTUALIZED WITH LONGITUDINAL DATA?
    7. CONCLUSION
    8. NOTES
  17. Chapter 9: Using Data in Schools and Classrooms
    1. TEACHERS
    2. ADMINISTRATORS
    3. THE TEACHER–STUDENT RECORD LINK
    4. CONCLUSION
    5. NOTES
  18. Chapter 10: Expanding Your SLDS: Adding Out-of-School Time and Health-Care Data
    1. COLLECTIVE IMPACT: THE LONGITUDINAL DATA CONNECTION
    2. OST: WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THEY’RE NOT IN SCHOOL?
    3. HEALTH-CARE DATA
    4. HOW TO FACILITATE COLLECTIVE IMPACT INITIATIVES
    5. CONCLUSION
    6. NOTES
  19. Chapter 11: A Culture of Data: Using Longitudinal Data to Solve Big Problems
    1. CREATING A CULTURE OF DATA
    2. DATA-DRIVEN DECISION TOOLS
    3. RESPONSE TO INTERVENTION (RTI)
    4. EARLY WARNING SYSTEMS
    5. CONCLUSION
    6. NOTES
  20. Chapter 12: It’s Not about the Data
    1. WAYS TO SUSTAIN THE SYSTEM
    2. CONCLUSION
    3. NOTES
  21. About the Authors
  22. Index