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Chapter 5 LDS Benefits: Why Should We Build These Systems?

   Better Data
+ Deeper Questions
+ More Informative Answers
= Enhanced Education
Longitudinal data system (LDS) is not just a compliance system that will feed the state and federal governments more data. An LDS has the potential to make high quality, timely data available to all stakeholders to help them improve student achievement, ease data burdens, and leverage significant educational change. This chapter gives an overview of the types of benefits such a system can offer.