State Longitudinal Data Systems


The following MOU (and attachments) has been released in Wyoming for several state agencies to share data on students:

DRAFT P20 SLDS MOU – 11-27-2013

DRAFT P20 SLDS MOU Attachment A – 11-27-2013

DRAFT P20 SLDS MOU Attachment B – 11-27-2013

DRAFT P20 SLDS MOU Attachment C – 11-27-2013

A Wyoming school district board member was quoted saying “You want to talk about local control, this document says we are the parties required to collect this information, but we are not required to sign this agreement, and it’s not just going to schools.  This is the information on our kids and families, and it is not just being distributed to every educational entity in the state of Wyoming, but to Department of Workforce Services, Department of Family Services, Department of Health and – let’s see which other ones they can tack on here.  I think this is a glaring local control issue, and I think this is something that should be brought to our representatives.” (Data Grab, Denice Pisciotti,Newcastle News Letter Journal)


Some background information on the SLDS:

The US Department of Education coerced states to agree to create State Longitudinal Data Systems (SLDS) to track students.  Wyoming agreed to create an SLDS in exchange for State Fiscal and Stablization Funds from the America Recovery and Reinvestment Act (otherwise known as the stimulus bill).  The following is stated on the US DOE website:

Statewide Longitudinal Data Systems
July 2009
PDF (231 KB)

FY 2009 funding:  $65 million
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act:  $250 million
Grantees:  States
Type of Grant:  Competitive


The program provides grants to states to design, develop, and implement statewide P-20 longitudinal data systems to capture, analyze, and use student data from preschool to high school, college, and the workforce.


Since it started in fiscal year 2005, the program has awarded grants worth $265 million to 41 states and the District of Columbia. The Recovery Act competition requires that the data systems have the capacity to link preschool, K-12, and postsecondary education as well as workforce data. To receive State Fiscal Stabilization Funds, a state must provide an assurance that it will establish a longitudinal data system that includes the 12 elements described in the America COMPETES Act, and any data system developed with Statewide longitudinal data system funds must include at least these 12 elements. The elements are:

  1. An unique identifier for every student that does not permit a student to be individually identified (except as permitted by federal and state law);
  2. The school enrollment history, demographic characteristics, and program participation record of every student;
  3. Information on when a student enrolls, transfers, drops out, or graduates from a school;
  4. Students scores on tests required by the Elementary and Secondary Education Act;
  5. Information on students who are not tested, by grade and subject;
  6. Students scores on tests measuring whether they’re ready for college;
  7. A way to identify teachers and to match teachers to their students;
  8. Information from students’ transcripts, specifically courses taken and grades earned;
  9. Data on students’ success in college, including whether they enrolled in remedial courses;
  10. Data on whether K-12 students are prepared to succeed in college;
  11. A system of auditing data for quality, validity, and reliability; and
  12. The ability to share data from preschool through postsecondary education data systems.

With such comprehensive data systems, states will be able to monitor their reforms and make specific changes to advance them. These data systems will capture data on students from one grade to the next, measuring whether they are on track to graduate and telling K-12 schools whether they are preparing their students to succeed in college and the workforce. The data systems also can help identify teachers who are succeeding so states can reward them, and find teachers who are struggling and help them improve.

A request for applications is being published in the Federal Register and will be available on


Wyoming model for P-20W SLDS:

Wyoming received funding in exchange for a commitment to establish a state longitudinal data system, page 2:

Wyoming received money from the US Dept of Labor to fund state labor data:

Learn more about the Wyoming P-16 Council:

The Race To The Top grant also coerced states to commit to creating an SLDS in their state:

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