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U.S. Department of Education Announces Grant Competition for Longitudinal Data Systems

The U.S. Department of Education has announced a call for applications for the fiscal year 2012 (FY12) competition for the Statewide Longitudinal Data Systems (SLDS) Grant Program. It estimates that grants will range from $1 million to $5 million for a three-year grant period. Final amounts will depend on the final appropriation and state applications. Only state education agencies (SEAs) that did not receive an FY09 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) grant may apply. As a condition of receiving State Fiscal Stabilization funds, all states committed to developing and implementing statewide data systems containing the elements specified in the America COMPETES Act. While these elements remain the basic requirements for the program, the FY12 competition seeks to maximize progress in state efforts by requiring states to also focus their grant applications on one of the following three priorities:

Grants under the postsecondary priority may be used to develop and link postsecondary and/or workforce data to the state’s K–12 data system. At a minimum, this must include the postsecondary data required by the America COMPETES Act elements, and “states are encouraged to develop their own postsecondary data and not simply purchase this data from an organization external to the agencies partnering under this application.” (maximum grant award $4 million)

Applications are due December 15, 2011.

An analysis of the requirements is available from the Data Quality Campaign.