The goal of the Wisconsin Longitudinal Data System is
- To implement a statewide data warehouse and reporting solution, based on Data Quality Campaign standards, which meets federal requirements and drives longitudinal research and analysis to create a richer picture of individual student performance over time, thus enabling educator, school and district improvement.
The Wisconsin Longitudinal Data System is comprised of many initiatives, all geared to support educational research and analysis that improves educational outcomes. Each project has the opportunity to
- Support agency efforts for Agenda 2017
- Move towards meeting SFSF requirements for a Statewide Longitudinal Data system
- Facilitate data-driven informed decision-making for school and district improvement
- Assist educators looking to raise individual student achievement and close achievement gaps
- Enable research that will inform and improve student learning
- Enhance the quality of our data warehouse
More information about the projects for each initiative can be found below.
What drives us to do these projects?
- Our Wisconsin SLDS 2009 Grant
- The Data Quality Campaign
- American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA)
- National campaign to reduce duplication of effort and promote consensus on improving data quality, access, and use
- Supports state efforts to improve the collection, data availability, reporting, and analysis of education data to raise student achievement
- Provides tools & resources to help states with LDS implementation
- Drives development of LDS data warehouses by defining 10 Essential Elements of an LDS
- State Fiscal Stabilization Funds (SFSF)
- All States, including Wisconsin, accepted SFSF monies
- By accepting these funds, Wisconsin committed to completing the following tasks by September, 2011:
- Continue development of a statewide longitudinal data system.
- Continue with efforts to collect the data outlined in the 12 elements described in the America COMPETES Act and integrate the data into our LDS.
- Create reports to make LDS data widely available, including reports on the following indicators:
- Number and percentage of students who graduate from high school who enroll in an institution of higher education (IHE) within 16 months of receiving a regular high school diploma.
- Number and percentage of students who graduate from high school who enroll in a public IHE in the State within 16 months of receiving a regular high school diploma, who complete at least one year’s worth of college credit (applicable to a degree) within two years of enrollment in the IHE.
How exactly do the Data Quality Campaign and American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) relate?
Summary of ARRA and the SLDS
The DQC’s 10 Essential Elements align with the America COMPETES Act 12 elements.
10 Essential Elements & the America COMPETES ACT 12 Elements
What is the Wisconsin P20 initiative?
P20 is an initiative to expand the ability of the Wisconsin longitudinal data system to link between the P-20 education pipeline and across state agencies to enable data sharing and/or reporting for research and analysis.
The P20 initiative will involve a variety of phases and projects that may include analysis and development efforts around the following:
- Integrating initial postsecondary enrollment and completion data into the LDS Data Warehouse
- Building the capacity to communicate with the Wisconsin Institutions of Higher Education
- Integrating postsecondary remedial coursework information into the LDS Data Warehouse as well as additional postsecondary enrollment and completion data
- Developing useful reports to help educators, administrators, parents, and the public of Wisconsin better understand how elementary and secondary education of a K12 student translates into postsecondary readiness, enrollment and persistence.
- Building an Early Childhood Longitudinal Data System (EC LDS) complete with data-sharing across DPI, DCF and DHS.
Advanced Postsecondary Infrastructure Project
The informational needs of the Wisconsin education community are varied and complex. Our next set of research questions must inform education practices in an effort to prepare today’s students to compete in tomorrow’s world. In an attempt to meet the needs of the education community of Wisconsin, including teachers, administrators, policy makers, and researchers, we plan to develop a P20 system characterized by separate interoperable record systems, comprehensive data sets, maximum flexibility, and shared ownership. This planned P20 system will include a network of education databases, linked by key data components and necessary legal agreements that enable data exchange for the purpose of research aimed at improving the educational outcomes of Wisconsin students.
This project is funded and made possible by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and specifically a State Longitudinal Data System (SLDS) grant funded by the US Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics. The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction as the recognized grantee will maintain the primary responsibility for this grant and partner with the University of Wisconsin System, the Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, and the Wisconsin Technical College System as sub grantees.
For more information about the project please visit the P20 Advanced Postsecondary Infrastructure Project page.
The Purpose of Wisconsin's Early Childhood Longitudinal Data System (EC LDS): "Wisconsin will be able to measure child outcomes across systems to evaluate young children’s progress and inform policy decisions."
Early Childhood Longitudinal Data Systems (EC LDS) Partners
The EC LDS project is unique in that not only will the longitudinal view of the educational data be enhanced, but the EC LDS will also broaden the base of EC data by extending data linkages between DPI, DCF and DHS. The signatures of the leaders of the three state agencies are found in the Feasibility Study Project Charter and in the Race to The Top - Early Learning Challenge Grant Application.
· Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI)
· Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS)
· Wisconsin Department of Children and Families (DCF)
Build of EC LDS - Project Deliverables:
Nine distinct but related projects are within this portfolio:
- Sustainable WI EC LDS Data Governance Structure (years 1 - 4)
- Data Governance Orientation Workshop during year one
- Structures and policies to identify and implement first crucial essential data elements and linkages
- Data Governance Charter, structures and policies to identify and implement Data system oversight requirements
- MOUs between DPI, DCF, and DHS re: data sharing, data governance, and data quality assurance
- Entity Resolution Solution (Matching Tool) (year 1)
- DHS Department of Public Health (DPH) Customer Hub (year 1)
- Enhanced DCF Enterprise Warehouse (years 1 - 4)
- Research agenda, reporting processes and analytical capacity, to answer key policy questions (years 1 - 4)
- Programming and infrastructure upgrades needed to align data collection standards and create efficient and reliable interoperability between Participating State Agencies (PSA) data systems, as a result of developing research agenda (years 2 - 4)
- Early Childhood Data added to Data Model, and WISEdash presentation layer (years 1- 4)
- Access to data at secured level for basic silo-ed indicators (some basic silo-ed indicators in year 1, remainder by year 4)
- Access to summarized data at general public level (some basic silo-ed indicators in year 1, remainder by year 4)
- Robust matching allows cross-departmental data sharing and display in presentation layer (years 2 - 4)
- Training for state level system users (secured login) (appropriate personnel at DCF, DHS, DPI) (year 3)
- Training for schools/districts and other county level partners (year 4)
For more information about the project please visit Wisconsin’s EC LDS Project page.
Postsecondary Enrollment Data & Reporting Project
The goal of the Postsecondary Enrollment Data & Reporting Project is
- To integrate postsecondary enrollment and completion data from the National Student Clearinghouse into the Longitudinal Data System data warehouse for research, analysis and reporting.
By enriching the Longitudinal Data System with postsecondary enrollment and completion information, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction will move towards meeting ARRA SFSF requirements as defined by the America COMPETES Act while supporting agency efforts for Every Child a Graduate. As this is a sub-project of our 2009 Longitudinal Data System Grant, DPI will also be completing work defined in the LDS II grant work plan.
National Student Clearinghouse FAQ
What is the National Student Clearinghouse?
The National Student Clearinghouse (NSC) collects enrollment data from over 3,300 postsecondary institutions in the United States including public/private, two-year/four-year, technical colleges, and training programs. The data include all enrolled students and can follow a student through their entire collegiate experience. The Clearinghouse is FERPA Compliant.
Examples of data elements available from the Clearinghouse include college name, state, type, enrollment begin date, enrollment end date, graduation date, degree title, and major.
How will DPI use National Student Clearinghouse Data?
The National Student Clearinghouse will provide DPI with postsecondary enrollment data on Wisconsin high-school graduates who continue on with their education. The data will be incorporated into the LDS to expand our longitudinal picture of a student beyond high-school and will enable DPI to create useful and informative public and secured reports using a variety of methods to answer questions such as:
- Where do our high school graduates enroll in college?
- When do they enroll in college?
- How long do their education efforts persist?
- Do they graduate from college?
- What degrees do they earn?
Please visit the National Student Clearinghouse website for more information.
What is the Measuring Student Academic Growth initiative?
Growth reports are one of many indicators that can be used to evaluate student academic achievement. Growth reports help educators, parents, and the public answer questions about student progress over time, and whether that progress is reasonable or appropriate.
Because they can provide a longitudinal view of student progress, academic growth measures add important information to traditional measures that give a snapshot of student achievement at a single point in time. The Department of Public Instruction has studied many different measures of growth and plans to provide student growth percentile reports directly to districts in a secure manner: first via PDF reports available through SAFE in May 2011, and eventually in an interactive online format offered by DPI’s business intelligence tool. Student growth percentile reports, while a useful measure of individual student growth over time, are but one measure. As such, DPI anticipates including additional measures of growth as part of the business intelligence tool in the future.
Student Growth Percentile Reports
The Student Growth Percentile (SGP) Reports project (the first project within the Measuring Student Academic Growth initiative) is a joint effort between the Office of Educational Accountability and the Longitudinal Data System Project.
The Measuring Academic Growth Overview powerPoint presentation provides an overview of the different ways to measure growth as well as specific information about the Student Growth Percentile Reports project.
The guides below are meant to provide assistance in reading and interpreting individual student and median growth percentile reports:
- Sample Reports
- Narrated Report Walk-Throughs
- Explanation Documents
Project Kickoff Presentation
For information on how to access your district’s student growth percentile reports in SAFE, visit the Secure Home Information page.
For more information about measuring student academic growth please visit the OEA Growth Homepage.
Application Security Manager (ASM)
ASM is a tool that manages
- Who can manage access to secure LDS applications (i.e., who else can use ASM)
- Who has access to certain secure reporting applications
- What a user can see/do within an application (roles)
ASM became available to users on May 17, 2011.
For more information on ASM, visit the Secure Home Information page.
Longitudinal Data System Access Manager (LDSAM)
Note: This tool has been replaced by ASM. LDSAM was available from January 2010 - April 2011.
- May 2011: Access Manager replaced by Application Security Manager (ASM)
- March 2010: 129 districts have access to Access Manager
- February 2010: Second release of Access Manager-with usability enhancements-implemented successfully.
- January 22, 2010: General availability of Access Manager letter sent to all districts
Multi-Dimensional Analytic Tool (MDAT)
MDAT is the new, flexible, web-based tool that allows authorized users to
- Create reports that compare achievement over time in relation to WKCE data
- Select variables and filters to answer questions of their choice
- Access specific data and variables based on their user role
- Use charts and graphs to analyze school and student progress over time
- March 2010: Enhanced version of MDAT released
- March 2010: 129 districts have access to MDAT
- January 22, 2010: General availability of MDAT; letter sent to all districts
Click MDAT Information to find out more about MDAT.
View the knowledge base or submit questions, comments, and/or suggestions to the DPI Online Helpdesk.
If you are having trouble accessing the tool or you need additional help, please view Helpdesk Information.