Indiana Receives College & Career Readiness Grant

The Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) has received a $4 million Statewide Longitudinal Data System (SLDS) grant from the Institute of Education Services (IES). The grant will enable IDOE to advance its comprehensive P-20 data system to focus on driving results for students around college and career readiness. Work began on the P-20 system using funds from a 2007 SLDS grant.

“It is our responsibility to make sure students are college and career ready, and data plays a big role in our efforts,” Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Tony Bennett said. “We understand what gets measured matters, and this grant will allow Indiana to continue its strong commitment in using data to promote excellence, increase transparency and accountability, and drive student success.”

Data-driven accountability is the cornerstone to Indiana’s education reform efforts. IDOE’s efforts are guided by the principle that good data leads to good policies for students. This principle begins by recognizing student learning and preparation does not occur solely within the confines of K-12 classrooms. Through a partnership with the Department of Workforce Development and the Indiana Commission for Higher Education, IDOE will be able to produce a more comprehensive view of student achievement.

Indiana’s new system will allow insight into trends and patterns only observable when data from each part of the education continuum are seamlessly connected. By linking K-12, higher education and workforce data, it will be possible to view educational progress at any point along the continuum.

This system will enable decision-making fueled by data and framed by evidence with the ultimate goal of producing greater college and career outcomes for all Hoosier students. By creating a better understanding of changing workforce needs, Indiana can ensure K-12 and higher education institutions have aligned expectations to provide students necessary skills to be successful and ultimately grow the state’s economy.

IES is a division of the National Board for Educational Sciences and aims to provide rigorous and relevant evidence on which to ground education practice and policy and share this information broadly.

To learn more about Indiana’s efforts in driving achievement and ensuring all students are college and career ready, please visit www.doe.in.gov. For more information on the SLDS grant, please visit http://nces.ed.gov/programs/slds.

Source: Indiana Department of Education