While all states have the capacity to connect data, and most do, states continue to explore how to effectively and extensively use data. Based on Education Commission of the States’ (ECS) analysis, states that maximize their data connections use data to expand publicly available information and inform legislation and decision making on education issues.
Examining SLDS Development and Utility
This policy analysis from ECS discusses the value and use of connected data systems and identifies the benefits of connecting education data. It also examines some of the obstacles preventing states from connecting data, including political and financial constraints, and data privacy concerns. Additionally, case studies from Connecticut, Rhode Island and Wisconsin are included, providing examples of how states develop and use data systems.