April, 2016--SLEDS seeks education and workforce partners to build the Regional Technical Assistance and Data Use Network
Deadline date for submitting applications is: 4:00 PM, MAY 27, 2016
The Statewide Longitudinal Education Data System (SLEDS) has rapidly become the go-to data source for many stakeholders in Minnesota. SLEDS now has the opportunity to develop a network of regional organizations who will put the SLEDS data to use. The addition of Regional Technical Assistance and Data Use Network will inform and improve education programming, policies, and data use tools.
The Minnesota Office of Higher Education and SLEDS seeks education and workforce partners to build the Regional Technical Assistance and Data Use Network. Each awarded organization will support increased use of SLEDS data, improve stakeholders’ SLEDS data literacy, and conduct valued-added research and analysis for their designated region within Minnesota. As a group, the six awarded organizations (one per economic development region) will form the Regional Technical Assistance and Data Use Network who will provide training and support for regional and local SLEDS users beginning in fall 2016.
Organizations may apply for grants up to $50,000 annually and grants may be renewed for up to two additional years.
Proposed projects may include, but are not limited to:
Train regional, local and partnering organization staff on how to use SLEDS data and related information for decision making.
Initiate and coordinate local SLEDS data analysis activities in partnership with the state, schools, districts, colleges and communities, including providing tools and expertise necessary for planning and program evaluation.
Oversee special regional studies and projects related to SLEDS, including college and career planning.
Prospective applicants with questions regarding this request for application may contact OHE SLEDS Coordinator, Meredith Fergus at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SLEDS is a joint effort from Minnesota’s Office of Higher Education (OHE), the Department of Education (MDE) and the Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). SLEDS brings together data from education and workforce to identify viable pathways for individuals in achieving successful outcomes in education and work. It will also inform decisions to support and improve education and workforce policy, helping to create a more seamless education and workforce system for all Minnesotans.
Minnesota public high school graduate data includes approximately 500,000 graduate records from 2007 to 2013 with a “Status End” code (“8” or “9”). These data are not the same student cohort counts used by the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) to calculate the graduation rate. For example, a student graduating from high school in 2011 may be a member of a different MDE graduation rate cohort (2009, 2010 or 2011) depending on whether they took 4, 5 or 6 years to graduate.
Why don’t student counts match? SLEDS included data from multiple sources which may lead to different counts reported here and elsewhere. The differences in counts among sources represent a small percentage of overall students. Connecting data across K-12 and college systems required rigorous methods to match a K-12 student as the same student enrolled in college.
Reasons why student counts differ:
- Graduation Data: A student’s high school graduation information can differ between data systems. For example, one student was reported as graduated from two high schools in two different years.
- Personal Information: If a student’s personal information -- first name, last name or date of birth -- differed between college and high school records, SLEDS did not link the student.
- No Data Found: Some K-12 students could not be located in the higher education data.