Connecting the Continuum: Longitudinal Data Systems in North Carolina
School administrators and policymakers are increasingly relying on the use of data to make more informed decisions on today’s complex education systems. State education systems and agencies – from early childhood through college and career – often have separate data systems and report results independently. By linking these various systems together, it is possible to make connections that span a student’s educational career.
Released June 18, 2019, The Hunt Institute’s latest report — “Connecting the Continuum: Longitudinal Data Systems in North Carolina” — specifically examines the history, purpose and future of a statewide longitudinal data system (SLDS) in North Carolina, and highlights lessons learned from other states.
By following a student’s academic career and connecting individual-level data over time and across agencies, researchers and policymakers can draw inferences about what types of programs and services are working well and identify disparities in performance among subgroups.
Read the full report below.