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Document Number: 7940

En Route to Seamless Statewide Education Data Systems - An accurate, timely, and secure statewide longitudinal data system can provide a unified view of student achievement from year to year across the K-16 system. While the technical aspects of the data linkages are critical to successful implementation, equally important are the processes that will lead to mobilizing education sectors around the common goal of increasing student educational attainment at every level. To move from a better data system to better policy and better outcomes will take time and multiple steps. The process begins with ensuring that all affected constituents see the value of the data system and work together to build it cooperatively around shared state-level purposes. More useful data systems can facilitate better policy and better outcomes. (State Higher Education Executive Officers, Sharmila Basu Conger, August 2008)...

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