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Title: Kentucky Instructional Data System (KIDS)
Center: NCES Year: 2006
Principal Investigator: Pittenger, Linda A. Awardee: Kentucky Department of Education
Program: Statewide Longitudinal Data Systems Grant Program      [Program Details]
Award Period: 12/1/2005 through 11/30/2008 Award Amount: $5,780,275
Type: Longitudinal Data System Award Number: R372A060129

The Commonwealth of Kentucky enjoys a nationally renowned system of assessment and accountability, coupled with a deep technology infrastructure designed around classroom instruction. The Kentucky Education Reform Act of 1990 and The Commonwealth Accountability Testing System have served as models of education reform and school accountability for education leaders nationwide. But the extraordinary advances in education in Kentucky over the past 15 years are in danger of stagnating without immediate action. Kentucky has identified two significant areas that must be addressed in its current education scheme:

  • The inability to track individual student data over time; and
  • The lack of a consolidated, statewide data collection and analysis system that can be used by all interested parties to reform classroom instruction and meet the reporting requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB).

The Kentucky Instructional Data System (KIDS) was designed to provide a solution to those problems. KIDS is a comprehensive data warehouse comprising student demographic, financial, and assessment data supporting an elegant, user-friendly workspace, accessible from any Web browser via a secure login. At its core, KIDS will bring together various information silos that are now isolated. Atop that data foundation, KIDS will build a longitudinal student data tracking system, based upon work already in progress in Kentucky, that will allow teachers a broader array of student information and instructional resources to assist them in tailoring their instruction to meet student needs. But to the everyday Kentucky educator and student using KIDS, this complex data ballet will be invisible behind a simple-to-use, elegant, Web-based workspace. The KIDS Knowledge Management Portal will rely on the underlying KIDS Data Repository to serve up a wealth of targeted instructional resources, including standards-based units of study, lesson plans, curriculum maps, assessments, and other educational riches. Further, the portal will offer a collaborative workspace that teachers can use to share best practices, develop test items, and expand their professional skills.

The Kentucky Department of Education, the Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board, the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education, the Kentucky Education Cabinet, Kentucky's major universities, and other education entities in Kentucky will participate in the creation of the KIDS system. By bringing longitudinal student tracking and a rich data warehouse to P-16 education, KIDS will ensure that all of Kentucky's schoolchildren are prepared for college and the workforce.

The specific focus of KIDS will be to:

  • Add longitudinal student tracking with both enrollment and assessment data,
  • Create a student information management database separate from the assessment database
  • Create interoperability of data systems across districts and state databases, and
  • Create a data warehouse that combines demographic, assessment and financial data.

The first year of the project will focus on building the data warehouse and establishing security policies and procedures. The warehouse will focus on off-the-shelf solutions as much as possible, with application developers providing the necessary customizations. Reporting capabilities of the data warehouse will be the focus of the second year of the project. During the final year of the project, the state will add value-added reporting mechanisms, such as academic growth measures.