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Education Reporter
NUMBER 248 THE NEWSPAPER OF EDUCATION RIGHTS SEPTEMBER 2006

Building Statewide Data Systems

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Statewide student information systems are being created to store student details collected by public-funded schools in order to comply with federal education reporting mandates. Statewide data systems require "unique student identifiers" to connect individual-specific information to an electronic data file.

The data collected on students extends well beyond the criteria cited herein. For more information, please read "What's in Your Child’s Data File?," Education Reporter, Feb. 2006.

Source: “The 10 Essential Elements in Detail for 2005-06,” National Center for Educational Accountability. Accessed 7-2006. <http://www.nc4ea.org/index.cfm?pg=surveyresults&subp=elements>

  1. Noted in “State Data Systems,” Education Commission of the States, Accessed 8-4-2006.

  2. Noted in “Dictionary of Reporting Data Elements for use in 2005-06,” New York State Statewide Data Warehouse, University of the State of New York, State Education Department, Information and Reporting Services, Albany, NY. <http://www.moric.org/docs/DataElementsDictionaryVersion1_8Sept7.doc>

  3. According to an National Center for Education Statistics abstract for Maryland’s IES grant award, the Maryland State Department of Education received a three-year IES grant for the period 12/01/2005 to 11/30/2008 to, among other objectives, implement use of a “unique student identifier ... ultimately resulting in the ability to link all student data records.” <http://nces.ed.gov/Programs/SLDS/PDF/marylandabstract.pdf>
* Transcript details also include Information on course completion information and grades earned.

$52.8M Awarded for Statewide Data Systems  
Fourteen states are sharing $52.8 million in federal grants awarded through the U.S. Dept. of Education's Institute of Education Sciences (IES).

The three-year grants are to help states design and implement statewide data systems that can track students over time. States receiving awards include: Alaska, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Florida, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Wisconsin. (U.S. Dept. of Ed. Press Release, 11-18-2005)


 
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