SLDS 2009 Grant Info

Wisconsin SLDS 2009 Grant

Title  Developing a Longitudinal Data System to Support 21st Century Learning in Wisconsin

Timeframe & Funding
This project started in April 2009 and is currently funded by a $5.5M, four year grant from the US Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences.

Project Plan
Click FY09 SLDS Outcomes to view the current plan.

Final Report
WI FY12 SLDS Annual Report (Completed July 2014)

Annual Reports
WI FY12 SLDS Annual Report (Completed March 2013)

WI FY11 SLDS Annual Report (Completed March 2012)

WI FY10 SLDS Annual Report (Completed March 2011)

WI FY09 SLDS Annual Report (Completed March 2010)

Site Visit Report
WI SLDS Site Visit Report (Completed May 2012)

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction has received funding to continue development of its Longitudinal Data System (LDS). This will enable the DPI to satisfy key needs of our state’s educational priorities: building 21st century skills and moving toward a PK-16 data system in which all stakeholders can make informed decisions based on sound data.

Developing a Longitudinal Data System to Support 21st Century Learning in Wisconsin is a proposal that will enable Wisconsin’s data systems to move in step with the State Superintendent’s vision of 21st century learning outlined in his Every Child a Graduate agenda. Our commitment is to equip students with 21st century learning and create stronger links between PK-12 and the world of postsecondary education and the work force. To ensure a rich educational picture of Wisconsin students, this data system must:

  1. Build necessary datasets to inform PK-16 decision making, including additional student-level data sets from course completion and related data on Wisconsin educators.
  2. Move the public reporting of education data into the LDS where disaggregated student data already resides as an attempt to reduce redundant effort and total costs
  3. Develop both secured analytical tools and public reports that allow a variety of users to access LDS data on an ad hoc basis

To gauge progress on meeting these priorities, educators and other stakeholders need to have data that follow students over time, ideally PK-16 data. Currently, Wisconsin’s LDS system stores student-level achievement data from a variety of sources and while this data is critical, it is not comprehensive enough for our state’s demands and cannot answer pressing policy questions. For example, currently we do not have a way to analyze test scores alongside, or in comparison to, courses taken. By adding the elements listed above, we will be able to follow student achievement in a more holistic way, provide a more robust picture of student learning in Wisconsin, and a richer context for policy decisions.

Several outcomes are expected. We expect that adding additional student-level datasets will lead to more robust research and analysis that will directly inform a PK-16 system. We expect that consolidating disaggregated student data with aggregated (publicly reported) data will result in improved public reporting at a lower total cost. We expect a greater variety of stakeholders will begin to access the LDS for data-mining by way of the interactive reporting tools we build, relying on the system as the central repository of education data in the state.

Click Wisconsin LDS Grant II to view the full grant application submitted.