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ERIC Number: ED544655
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Nov
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
South Carolina Case Study: Building a Student-Level Longitudinal Data System
Kugle, Cherry; Smith, Nancy
Data Quality Campaign
The Data Quality Campaign is a national, collaborative effort to encourage and support state policymakers to improve the collection, availability and use of high-quality education data and to implement state longitudinal data systems to improve student achievement. The campaign aims to provide tools and resources that will assist state development of quality longitudinal data systems, while also providing a national forum for reducing duplication of effort and promoting greater coordination and consensus among the organizations focusing on improving data quality, access and use. To help states learn from one another, DQC staff visited state education agencies which are engaged in different stages of development of their longitudinal data systems. In 2006, staff visited Florida, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin; 2007 meetings were held with Massachusetts and South Carolina. The DQC will continue to highlight specific state efforts to develop and use longitudinal data systems, and will conduct additional case studies in 2008. The South Carolina Department of Education (SDE) oversees 85 school districts, encompassing over 1,100 schools, in which more than 700,000 students were enrolled in the 2006-07 school year. As of the 2007 Data Quality Campaign (DQC) annual survey of state longitudinal data systems, South Carolina has implemented six out of ten essential elements. The only elements the state has not implemented include the ability to track untested students and the reasons they were not tested, student-level college-readiness test data, the ability to match student-level data between K-12 and postsecondary, and a data audit system. In 2005, the SDE received a three-year grant from the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) of the United Stated Department of Education (USDE) to develop a statewide student longitudinal data system (SC LDS). The goals of the grant include integrating the data that currently reside in separate systems in the state department, expanding the data to be collected, providing uniform standards and definitions for the data collection and most importantly, providing timely data to educators and policymakers to inform decisions and improve instruction for public school students in South Carolina.
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Authoring Institution: Data Quality Campaign; National Center for Educational Accountability
Identifiers - Location: South Carolina