Getting Started on Your SLDS
An SLDS (statewide longitudinal data system) presents so many exciting and appealing possibilities in enabling better educational decisions, it’s often hard to know where to start in getting the system off the ground. If you are in a state that is just getting started, or doing major renovations to your SLDS, this list can help to ensure you’re addressing the key concerns to set up your system for future growth, use and success.
In this chapter, we discuss the key steps in preparing for your SLDS, as shown in Figure 3.1.
SLDS PLANNING AND PREPARATION
There are many ways the idea and movement for an SLDS can be started. Often, it is mandated by the state government or pushed to priority through the receipt of federal grant dollars. In the beginning, there will be some scrambling to get everyone on the same page, in acceptance of the mission ...