January 2011 the Office of the State Board of Education released an update on the Statewide Longitudinal Data System. This report was to,
…provide the State Board of Education with an
appropriate overview of the current status and the needs for longitudinal
educational data collection, the gaps, barriers, and risks, and finally to provide
recommendation regarding the most appropriate path forward for collecting student
level data over time. (Emphasis added.)
And it does all of that quite nicely. It also provides us a look at
- how they were approaching the data collection
- and a little more into why it was taking place. (The federal government made us do it.)
- and how much money is being spend to implement the SLDS at a time when schools are struggling to make ends meet.
- the agreements being made with other agencies to help connect SSN with other student data.
We have taken the time to highlight and add notes to the documents for you. It’s not a fun read, but it’s important. You need to know this information for yourself so that when questioned you can say, ” I saw the documents myself.”