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Implement, Improve and Expand Your Statewide Longitudinal Data System: Creating a Culture of Data in Education by Armistead W. Sapp, Jamie McQuiggan

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CHAPTER 3

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.

1. Establish a Data Governance Board.
2. Address interoperability of the data, ensuring all agencies use the same data definitions and compatible systems.
3. Set policies for data security and student privacy to ensure the SLDS is safer than current ad hoc systems.
4. Evaluate current systems and make connections to ensure the longitudinal data are in context and accessible to those who need them.
5. Make it sustainable to ensure the SLDS can thrive in life after grants.

Figure 3.1 Steps for SLDS Planning

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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 ...

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