The Statewide Longitudinal Data System (SLDS) Grant Program, run by the US Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences (IES), has awarded competitive, cooperative agreement grants to states since 2005. These grants extend for three to five years for varying amounts of money. The SLDS grant program "has helped propel the successful design, development, implementation, and expansion of K12 and P-20W (early learning through the workforce) longitudinal data systems.
These systems are intended to enhance the ability of States to efficiently and accurately manage, analyze, and use education data, including individual student records. The SLDSs should help states, districts, schools, educators, and other stakeholders to make data-informed decisions to improve student learning and outcomes; as well as to facilitate research to increase student achievement and close achievement gaps." More information about the SLDS Grant Program can be found atthe National Center for Education Statistics.
Vermont was among 24 states and territories awarded grants in 2012. This was the first SLDS grant that Vermont was awarded. Vermont's award totaled $4,947,261 and Vermont's proposal tied with Montana as the highest rated proposal received.
Vermont Automated Data Reporting Project
Vermont applied for and was awarded a $4,947,261 grant under the 2012 round of grants. Vermont's proposal was in response to grant priority 1: K-12 Data System. Vermont will use these grant funds to implement the Vermont Automated Data Reporting (VADR) project. Review the VADR project abstract and proposal.
Vertical Reporting and Operational Data Store Vendor Selected
The Agency of Education is pleased to announce the selection of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s (HMH) edFusion software as the state’s longitudinal data system. The edFusion solution will enable us to streamline data submissions and will provide a high quality data warehouse and analytics tool for state and district use. The edFusion solution enables integration of disparate data sources into one unified platform to support program and instructional improvement based on Vermont identified criteria and timely data.
Project Governance Committee
The VADR project will be governed by the VADR Project Governance Committee. This committee will be comprised of Agency of Education staff and representatives from Vermont's Supervisory Unions and Schools.
For all other VADR Project and SLDS information, please contact Brian Townsend, Information Technology Director and VADR Project Director, (802) 479-1099.