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History and Current Status of SLEDS


Governance: The Minnesota P-20 Education Partnership governs the SLEDS system. On April 14, 2010, the Minnesota P-20 Education Partnership adopted the following governance structure:

  • The SLEDS Governance Committee to oversee all work with the data system.
  • The SLEDS Research Committee to review and develop research and evaluation proposals and make recommendations to the Governance Committee.
  • The SLEDS Data Advisory Committee to review and evaluate proposals through the lens of technical expertise on data structure and linkages, and make recommendations to the Governance Committee.
  • The SLEDS System Coordinators and SLEDS IT Staff to coordinate work with the three committees and the State Data Center, and report to the Governance Committee on the research, evaluation and technical operations of the data system.



Sample P-20 Research and Resources:


The Education Research & Data Center (ERDC) in the Washington State Office of Financial Management conducts analyses of early learning, K-12, and higher education programs and education issues across the P-20 system. ERDC has compiled a list of critical questions and a compendium of key education indicators for focus in P-20 system development.


The Florida Division of Accountability, Research and Measurement provides education information to inform policy and support high standards that will continually improve student achievement and opportunities throughout Florida's PK-20 education system.

The Florida Education & Training Placement Information Program (FETPIP) is a data collection and consumer reporting system established by Florida Statutes Section 1008.39 to provide follow-up data on former students and program participants who have graduated, exited or completed a public education or training program within the State of Florida.


Visualizing Transitions from Education to Industries. A common question is whether college graduates are employed in sectors related to their major. This document shows the transitions from community college "career clusters" to one of the 20 industrial sectors. Calculating Returns to Degree Using Administrative Data. Does a college degree provide economic returns to the individual? "Measuring Transitions into the Workforce as a Form of Accountability." 2011. IR Applications No. 32 November.


The Illinois 2002 cohort study represents a vision of the results that would be available in the future with the development of the State's longitudinal system. In this report the Illinois Education Research Council provides a focused analysis of initial college enrollment and the attainment of intended outcomes for those enrolling at two-year and four-year institutions, specific pathways and completion patterns and participation and completion outcomes by student characteristics, characteristics of high schools and postsecondary institutions.

News Articles:

Idea Whose Time Has Come?
Inside Higher Ed, May 13, 2013
New proposal renews the call for a federal "unit record" database -- a database administered by the Education Department that could track students through college and into the work force.

Transparency Consensus
Inside Higher Ed, February 12, 2013
A proposal to collect and disseminate data on college graduate's salaries has bi-partisan support. Longitudinal Data Systems may be able to fill that request.

Report Emphasizes Creating Culture of Better Data Use in Schools
Education Week, November 15, 2012
While data systems have become more robust, the next challenge is creating a culture that encourages intelligent use of data in schools.

New Rules Would Allow for Broader Sharing of Student Records
Chronicle of Higher Education, April 8, 2011
Education reformers welcome the change, but privacy advocates fear it could undermine longstanding protections of student data.