|Massachusetts Partnership for Equity Through Evidence-Based Policy
|Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
|Statewide Longitudinal Data Systems Grant Program [Program Details]
|Longitudinal Data System
Over the last 10 years, largely through previous Statewide Longitudinal Data System (SLDS) grants, Massachusetts has built on and refined its data systems to establish a comprehensive, interconnected and sophisticated statewide longitudinal data system. Through ongoing collaborative efforts between multiple state agencies and secretariats, we are now able to collect data ranging from pre-kindergarten through college and workforce, as well as provide a host of relevant reports and training opportunities to stakeholders. As our Commonwealth has made significant strides in improving data systems, these efforts have revealed a glaring deficiency: large gaps in access and outcomes continue to persist for significant numbers of students. These data demonstrate that merely increasing access to data and information is not enough to effectively change outcomes for students.
While educators have known these disparities for decades, our SLDS has brought the reality of educational inequity to the forefront for all stakeholders. At this moment, in part because we have access to this information, we have an unprecedented level of shared understanding between state agencies, secretariats, districts, non-profits, parent and community organizations and others, that our current system isn't working and we need to dramatically alter the way we do business. The time is right for the state to make a shift in how we — as a statewide education community — truly leverage the power of our data systems for impact and student equity. With this grant, we are seeking to move from a solid foundation of data access to a strong focus on data action. To accomplish this, we will create clearer alignment around equity-informed research priorities, increase access to relevant data and research, and support educators and other practitioners to change their practices to effectively promote equity. To support these shifts, we have outlined three interconnected strands this grant would support: