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24 States Win Grants For Longitudinal Data Systems

The Institute of Education Sciences (IES) is pleased to announce today 24 new state-level grants to support the design and implementation of Statewide Longitudinal Data Systems (SLDS). The 2012 winners include eight first-time SLDS grantees: Delaware, Oklahoma, New Jersey, South Dakota, Vermont, West Virginia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The 2012 grants, which range in size from $2.6 million to $5 million for 3-year projects, are authorized by the Educational Technical Assistance Act of 2002, Title II of the statute that created IES. The 2012 grants will support states' work in one of three priority areas:

  1. The design, development, and implementation of a statewide, longitudinal kindergarten through grade 12 (K-12) data system;
  2. The development and linking of early childhood data with the Stateís K-12 data system; or
  3. The development and linking of postsecondary and/or workforce data with the Stateís K-12 data system.

IES awarded nine Priority 1 (K-12) grants, one Priority 2 (early childhood) grant, and fourteen Priority 3 (postsecondary/workforce) grants. The total multi-year value of all FY12 grants is $97 million.

The 2012 grantees were selected in a competition with award decisions based on the merit of the applicantsí proposals and the funding available for the program. The 20 States that received Recovery Act grants were not eligible to apply for this round of funding. An independent peer review panel evaluated the proposals on need for the project, project goals and outcomes, activities and timeline, management and governance, and personnel and financial resources.

Awardees and grant amounts are as follows:

Click here for more information about the grantees

Click here for a list of applicants, all scores, and links to all SLDS FY12 applications