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(Boise). The Institute of Education Sciences (IES) announced this week that Idaho will receive $3.1 million to support the development of a statewide system linking postsecondary and/or workforce data with the State’s K-12 Statewide Longitudinal Data System (SLDS).

The IES grants, which range in size from $2.6 million to $5 million for 3-year projects support states' work in three priority areas:

  1. Design, development, and implementation of a K-12 statewide, longitudinal data system
  2. Development and linking of early childhood data with the State’s K-12 data system
  3. -or-
  4. Development and linking of postsecondary and/or workforce data with the State’s K-12 data system.

IES awarded nine Priority 1 (K-12) grants, one Priority 2 (early childhood) grant, and fourteen Priority 3 (postsecondary/workforce) grants.

Idaho was selected for a Priority 3 grant in a competitive process based on the merit of its proposal and the funding available for the program. An independent peer review panel evaluated the proposals on need for the project, project goals and outcomes, activities and timeline, management and governance, and personnel and financial resources.

The Idaho project will include development of a longitudinal workforce database linked to the P-20 system, enhancements to the Education Unique Identification system, and a research request portal to provide improved access to data.

“This grant will help us obtain data and evaluate student achievement and progress as we work toward helping more Idaho citizens make a successful transition from high school to college.” said State Board President Ken Edmunds. “With more and better information, we can identify areas of need and focus our efforts for maximum student benefit.”

About the SLDS Grant Program
Better decisions require better information. This principle lies at the heart of the Statewide Longitudinal Data Systems (SLDS) Grant Program. Through grants and a growing range of services and resources, the program has helped propel the successful design, development, implementation, and expansion of K-12 and P-20W (early learning through the workforce) longitudinal data systems. These systems are intended to enhance the ability of States to efficiently and accurately manage, analyze, and use education data, including individual student records. The SLDSs should help States, districts, schools, educators, and other stakeholders to make data-informed decisions to improve student learning and outcomes, as well as to facilitate research to increase student achievement and close achievement gaps. For more information about the grants or the SLDS Grant Program, or for SLDS-related resources, visit

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