This page provides helpful links to additional information about the Multistate Longitudinal Data Exchange and related topics.
A two-page summary of WICHE's Multistate Longitudinal Data Exchange.
White paper about the development of an interstate longitudinal data exchange from a project that was a precursor to the current MLDE.
A WICHE Western Policy Exchanges summary of a meeting of the West’s key leaders in building statewide integrated longitudinal data systems.
Resources on longitudinal data systems and state data exchanges
American Association of Community Colleges (AACC)
- Post-Collegiate Outcomes Initiative
- Postcollege Workforce Outcomes Measures: Issues Facing Policymakers, Analysts, and Researchers
A collaborative effort to develop and voluntarily adopt common definitions and technical specifications for a subset of data elements critical for policy analysis.
Common Education Data Standards (CEDS)
A project to develop common data definitions for P-20W education data
Community College Research Center
CCRC research on Labor Market Returns for Community College Credentials and other topics.
From the American Council on Education (ACE) Center for Policy Analysis, a guide to the most common databases used to calculate these rates, as well as the advantages and disadvantages of each.
The Data Quality Campaign supports state policymakers and other key leaders to promote the effective use of data to improve student achievement, including reports about state progress on data improvements, federal policy, FERPA compliance and how to communicate about data use.
IHEP’s Postsecondary Education Data Initiative includes analysis of legislation related to education data, measures of higher education and postsecondary-related data availability and limitations.
Several publications about state longitudinal integrated data systems, for example, “Toward a Business Case for Sustained Investment in State Longitudinal Integrated Data Systems”.
Privacy Technical Assistance Center (PTAC)
U.S. Department of Education site including resources, technical assistance, legal references and help desk on privacy issues related to education data.
The Institute for Education Sciences (IES) federal grant program to support state longitudinal data system development. The SLDS website provides information about state grants, technical assistance and best practice resources.
Strong Foundations: The State of State Postsecondary Data Systems
From the State Higher Education Executive Officers (SHEEO) association, summary reports, state profiles and a recorded webinar for results from 2010 and 2012 surveys about postsecondary data sharing activities with K-12 and Labor for 44 states and the District of Columbia.
National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NCHEMS) report about the feasibility of cross-state linking based on data from Ohio and Kentucky.
U.S. Department of Education
- Overview of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
- Notice of Proposed Rulemaking concerning FERPA (Federal Register, Vol. 76, No. 68, April 8, 2011)
- WICHE’s comments in response to April 2011 FERPA NPRM
U.S. Department of Labor
Resources about the federal origins and regulations for the collection of unemployment insurance (UI) data by state employment security agencies.
- Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages: The federal use of state-submitted UI administrative records for employment statistics reporting.
- Wage Record Interchange System (WRIS): The exchange of wage data among participating states to assess and report on state and local employment and training programs, including a primer about WRIS, data sharing agreements and guidance about data confidentiality.
A consortium initiative focused on workforce data, providing resources including state and federal data sharing solutions, state progress connecting and using data, and a report showcasing the MLDE.
State Student Workforce Outcomes Websites
In addition to many states that are making information about their states’ education system outcomes available online, some states are exploring or beginning to provide information about their postsecondary workforce outcomes online, including:
- Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia via CollegeMeasures.org
- Virginia Longitudinal Data System
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