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About Minnesota SLEDS

Minnesota has developed the Minnesota Statewide Longitudinal Education Data System (SLEDS) matching student data from pre-kindergarten through completion of postsecondary education and into the workforce. By bridging existing data with other incoming data a range of education programmatic and delivery questions can be answered to gauge the effectiveness of current programs and design targeted improvement strategies to help students.

SLEDS brings together data from education and workforce to:

  • Identify the most viable pathways for individuals in achieving successful outcomes in education and work;
  • Inform decisions to support and improve education and workforce policy and practice, and
  • Assist in creating a more seamless education and workforce system for all Minnesotans.

The Minnesota P-20 Education Partnership governs the SLEDS system. The project is managed jointly by the Minnesota Office of Higher Education (OHE) (opens new window), Minnesota Departments of Education (MDE) (opens new window), and Employment and Economic Development (DEED) (opens new window)

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If you have comments, questions, or suggestions, do not hesitate to send us a message at sleds.support@state.mn.us.

Meredith Fergus
Manager of Financial Aid Research | SLEDS Coordinator
Minnesota Office of Higher Education
1450 Energy Park Drive Suite 350
St. Paul, MN 55108
651-259-3963
meredith.fergus@state.mn.us
Rachel Vilsack
Agency Performance Manager | SLEDS Coordinator
Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development
332 Minnesota Street - Suite E200
St. Paul, MN 55101
651-259-7403
rachel.vilsack@state.mn.us
Kara Arzamendia
Data Analytics Supervisor | SLEDS Coordinator
Minnesota Department of Education
1500 Highway 36 West
Roseville, MN 55113
651-582-8599
kara.arzamendia@state.mn.us

News

January, 2017--SLEDS Updated Look, Updated Resources

Updated Look: "The State of Minnesota has a new look. Until now, every agency, board, and commission in state government had their own logo. The lack of a cohesive brand can be confusing. State agencies work together to make life better for all Minnesotans, and a unified brand helps covey that message." (mn.gov/portal/brand/)

Beginning in early 2017 SLEDS will be aligned with the new state style.

Updated Resources: To address an overriding need for enhanced training and experience in collecting, storing and working with data in Minnesota’s Statewide Longitudinal Education Data System (SLEDS). SLEDS created a network of regional experts who will provide training and support to users. The “Network” is located in the six planning areas, serving all of Minnesota. The Network puts a personal face on SLEDS, with proactive work with local schools, districts, colleges, and workforce agency staff to facilitate local needs assessments and encourage and support use of SLEDS data to inform policy making and program decisions. They are the go-to people for help with using education and regional analysis and career planning information.

Grants were awarded to:

  • Southwest West Central Service Cooperative (SWWC)
  • Lakes Country Service Cooperative (LCSC)
  • Century College
  • Center for Applied Research and Educational Improvement, University of Minnesota (CAREI)

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.

To access the mobile analytics site, visit sleds.mn.gov. Feedback on the mobile analytics site is welcome; please share your reaction or ideas for improvement with sleds.support@state.mn.us.

Data Comparison

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.
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