P20W Statewide Longitudinal Data Systems (SLDS)

Wyoming policymakers and legislators are under ever-increasing pressure to ensure the economic viability and competitiveness of their State. They recognize education is an essential element to economic growth. To this end, Wyoming is continuously pursuing and assessing effective education reform policies and programs. Such pursuits require detailed and specific data spanning early childhood to workforce across multiple years, from multiple agencies and through a wide range of programs. Currently, the data needed is scattered among numerous data systems that lack cohesion and integration necessary to easily and accurately trace the progression of a child through an entire continuum of education and agency experiences into the workforce.

The P20W SLDS will construct a system and a set of practices that will provide learner information to the State of Wyoming in the most sustainable, cost-effective way that still addresses the enterprise and complex nature of the problems and questions being raised by the stakeholders. The P20W SLDS will establish data cohesion and integration across multiple agency systems. It must collect and store high-quality data and provide accurate information on how individual students, or aggregates of students, are doing over time, from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade and into postsecondary education and the workforce. These data, known as longitudinal data, can give policymakers and educators the type of information they need to assess the effects of their reform policies and program efforts, and adjust policies and practices to improve student achievement.