Statewide Longitudinal Data System (SLDS)

  The SLDS Grant Program, run by the US Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences (IES), has awarded five rounds of 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 on the National Center for Education Statistics website.
  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 the grant period runs from July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2015. Vermont's proposal tied with Montana as the highest rated proposal received.

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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. The VADR project abstract and proposal is included below.

Please note that some aspects of this proposal have changed since it was originally submitted. Please refer to project RFPs/Contracts and/or related project updates for pertinent information. Changes to the VADR project from the time Vermont's proposal was submitted include but may not be limited to:

  • Updated project timelines to reflect 7/1/2012-6/30/2015 grant period
  • Disbanding of the Vermont Data Consortium (VDC)
  • Efforts to replace the Education Data Warehouse (EDW) data analysis function

VADR Abstract and Project Proposal


Project Governance Committee


The VADR project will be governed by the VADR Project Governance Committee. This committee will be comprised of Vermont Agency of Education staff and representatives from Vermont's Supervisory Unions and Schools. The Governance Committee will convene its first meeting in Fall, 2012. Governance Committee membership and charter information as well as meeting agendas/minutes will be posted on this site after the first meeting takes place.


Requests for Proposal (RFPs) and Contracts


All RFPs related to the VADR project and its implementation will be posted on the Vermont Department of Buildings and General Services' Office of Purchasing & Contracting Bid website.

Once contracts are awarded, they will be posted on the State's Office of Purchasing & Contracting Contracts website.

Please note that all vendor questions relating to bidding and contracting MUST be addressed to the appropriate representative at the Office of Purchasing & Contracting. Once RFPs are posted, vendors are prohibited from contacting Vermont Agency of Education staff directly regarding these bidding opportunities.


For all other VADR Project and SLDS information, please contact the Vermont Agency of Education's Information Technology Director and VADR Project Director, Brian Townsend, at or (802) 479-1099.



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