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.
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.