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Crystal Greene, 503-947-5650

February 16, 2011

Oregon Shows Progress in Expansion of Statewide Longitudinal Data System

SALEM - Today, the D.C. based Data Quality Campaign (DQC) released their sixth annual Data for Action report. The Data Quality Campaign has identified 10 Essential Elements and 10 State Actions that are considered core components of a strong longitudinal data system. Oregon now has 8 of the 10 Essential Elements, up from 7 last year and has completed 6 of DQC’s 10 recommended State Actions, up from 3 last year.

Statewide Longitudinal Data Systems (SLDS) are designed to help states track student-level education data as students progress through the system – from early childhood through higher education and the workforce. Oregon’s Statewide Longitudinal Data System enhances our ability to efficiently and accurately manage, analyze, and use education data to improve student achievement and systems performance.

“I am pleased to see our state making progress in expanding and enhancing our Statewide Longitudinal Data System,” said Superintendent of Public Instruction Susan Castillo. “The ability to follow student progress over time, from early childhood into postsecondary education and employment, means we can make better and smarter decisions about how to support our students and how to improve our educational system.”

Oregon has currently achieved 8 of DQC’s 10 Essential Elements and is on track to complete the other 2 by the 2012 report. Oregon also plans to continue work on the remaining 4 State Actions in the coming year. Details of Oregon’s progress with the 10 Essential Elements and the 10 State Actions are available at: http://www.ode.state.or.us/superintendent/priorities/dqc---10-essential-elements-and-actions.pdf PDF.

Learn more about the Data Quality Campaign’s Report at: http://www.dataqualitycampaign.org/

Historical Snapshot – The Growth of Oregon’s Statewide Longitudinal Data System
Today’s DQC report highlights Oregon’s most recent progress in the development and enhancement of its Statewide Longitudinal Data System. This growth is part of an ongoing, multi-faceted effort to create a robust, comprehensive, and streamlined data system which encompasses the entire Oregon educational system. Below is a brief overview of the various efforts that are contributing to the growth of Oregon’s SLDS.

KIDS – In 2005, the Oregon Legislature provided funding for the Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 16 Integrated Data System or KIDS project. The mission of KIDS is to provide a single, accurate, and authoritative source of data, streamline data and reporting from early childhood through post-secondary, and provide enhancements and efficiencies in transcript exchange and federal reporting.

Oregon DATA Project – In 2007, Oregon launched the Direct Access to Achievement (DATA) project with the help of a federal SLDS grant. The DATA Project provides educators and administrators with tools, professional development, and supports so that they can effectively use data to improve student achievement and inform instruction. This work received national recognition when Mickey Garrison, the DATA Project’s Training Director, was named DQC’s 2009 State Data Director of the Year for her leadership with the Oregon DATA project.

Oregon Formative Assessment Resources – In 2009, Oregon received a federal SLDS grant to provide formative assessment resources to our schools. This effort is a collaboration between ODE and higher education institutions across Oregon, in particular OSU and U of O and includes formative assessment toolkits, better data integration across the system and with higher education, and better data warehousing.

Advancing Longitudinal Data for Education Reform (ALDER) – In July 2010, ODE received this most recent federal SLDS grant to link student and teacher data, consolidate and expand early childhood data, and integrate the exchange of data with higher education and workforce partners, and create a comprehensive statewide data quality plan.

Oregon is one of two states to have three current federal SLDS grants. Our most recent grant proposal, for Project ALDER, was ranked second in the nation.

Susan Castillo, State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Susanne Smith, Communications Director, Telephone (503) 947-5637

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