Purpose: By facilitating the collection and use of detailed, high quality student- and staff-level data linked over time, longitudinal data systems (LDSs) hold promise for enhancing both the way we use data to more effectively serve our students; and the way we do business, from the policy level, to the school office, and into the classroom. The LDS Task force has completed its work on a four-book series, Traveling Through Time: The Forum Guide to Longitudinal Data Systems. The series is intended to help state and local education agencies meet the many challenges involved in building robust LDSs, populating them with quality data, and using this new information to improve the educational system. With special emphasis on the business-level perspective, this series explores a broad range of issues involved in establishing an LDS that will have lasting and far-reaching impact. Book I of the series, What is an LDS?, has been released. The remaining books are forthcoming.
Nancy Burke, Century Elementary Grafton Public School District (ND)
Corey Chatis, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Laurie Collins, Mizuni (formerly of the SIF Association)
Maureen Wentworth, Council of Chief State School Officers
Patrick Sherrill, U.S. Department of Education
Nancy Smith, NCES (formerly of the Data Quality Campaign)
Steve Smith, Cambridge Public Schools (MA)
Raymond Yeagley, Northwest Evaluation Association
Chair: Bruce Dacey, Delaware Department of Education
NCES Staff: Tate Gould
Support: Anthony Garofano, QIP
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