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The Oregon Department of Education is the recipient of three grants awarded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences. The grants were awarded to help states design, implement and enhance Statewide Longitudinal Data Systems (SLDS). Oregon is one of only two states to receive three SLDS grants.

Project ALDER, funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009, supports the development, enhancement and expansion of data systems to enable stakeholders in Oregon to examine student progress from early childhood into career, including matching teachers to students, while protecting student privacy and confidentiality consistent with applicable privacy protection laws (e.g., FERPA).

Project ALDER builds upon the foundational efforts of Oregon’s first two SLDS grants, the Oregon DATA Project and Project OFAR. The Oregon DATA Project focuses on building a culture of data quality and supporting data-driven decision making, primarily for in-service teachers. The DATA Project provides training in foundational, general data use, as well as training in specific content areas (e.g., Reading, Math, Writing). Project OFAR extends training on data use to pre-service teacher trainees, supports policy analysis around data-driven educational reform, funds the relocation of ODE’s servers to the Open Source Lab at Oregon State University and supports the development of systems for the exchange of formative assessment data.

Project ALDER

Project ALDER: Advancing Longitudinal Data for Educational Reform

Project ALDER supports the development and implementation of data systems to enable stakeholders in Oregon to examine student progress from early childhood into career, including matching teachers to students, while protecting student privacy and confidentiality consistent with applicable privacy protection laws (i.e., FERPA).
Project OFAR

Project OFAR: Oregon Formative Assessment Resources

Project OFAR adds to the foundation of Oregon’s first federally funded SLDS grant, the Oregon DATA Project. This project supports the enhancement of the data integration system in the statewide data warehouses by incorporating classroom performance and progress measures: building of large-scale data sets for policy analysis and development; and creation of pre-service teaching materials that use classroom performance and progress measures.
Oregon DATA Project

Oregon DATA Project: Direct Access to Achievement

The Oregon DATA Project is a statewide initiative designed to improve student achievement through informed use of data. The DATA Project is launching a multi-tiered program of professional development focused on teaching educators how to collect, analyze and use appropriate data. The three main training strands designed for the project will provide statewide training and support for data-driven decision-making.

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