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November 2011

Grants, Training & Conferences

Webinar for Statewide, Longitudinal Data System Grant Applicants

UPDATE: SLDS Grant Competitions

To date, through four statewide, longitudinal data system grant competitions, the Institute of Education Sciences has awarded over $514 million to 41 states and the District of Columbia. Through the fifth round of grants, which will be awarded in May 2012, the grant program will focus support on SLDS development, expansion, and linkages in one of three key priority areas: K–12, early learning, or postsecondary and/or workforce.

On November 30 from 2:00 to 3:30 pm EST, the National Center for Education Statistics will host an informational webinar for states planning to apply for statewide, longitudinal data system (SLDS) grants. Tate Gould and Emily Anthony, SLDS program officers at NCES, will provide an overview of the FY 2012 SLDS competition. A question-and-answer session will follow the presentation.

For more information about how you can participate in this webinar, go to

Prospective applicants can also visit the SLDS website for more guidance on completing the application, an updated list of Frequently Asked Questions about the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), and downloadable application templates.

As authorized by the Educational Technical Assistance Act of 2002, the SLDS grant program has awarded competitive grants, in the form of cooperative agreements, to states since 2005. These grants extend for 3 to 5 years and range from $1 million up to $20 million per grantee. All 50 states, 5 territories, and the District of Columbia are eligible to apply; however, recipients of the 2009 ARRA SLDS grants are not eligible for this fifth round of SLDS grants.