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SLDS History

What is a Statewide Longitudinal Data System (SLDS)?

The U.S. Department of Education Institute for Education Sciences (IES) sponsors the SLDS Grant Program. Funding from the program allowed for the initial development and continued enhancement of our longitudinal data system (LDS). The SLDS Project is intended to create tools to facilitate data-driven decision-making for school and district improvement, and to assist educators looking to raise individual student achievement and close achievement gaps.

Key components of Wisconsin's SLDS:

  • A comprehensive data warehouse storing and linking student and school data over time from a variety of sources
  • A security application (Application Security Manager) that ensures only authorized personnel view confidential data
  • Secured reporting tools such as WISEdash for Districts and SAFE, the Secure Access File Exchange, that allow authorized users to analyze and provide access to key data, including individual student records
  • Public reporting on the WISEdash Public Portal and the School District Performance Report.
  • Professional Development
  • Includes data collections beyond test scores, creating a richer picture of student performance.

Development of our statewide longitudinal data system is an ongoing project involving many components.

Continued development of our Statewide Longitudinal Data System (SLDS) enables DPI to satisfy key aspects of our state’s educational priorities:
  • Closing the achievement gap
  • Building 21st century skills
  • Moving toward a P20W data system in which all stakeholders can make informed decisions based on sound data.
  • Overall development initiatives include:
    • Adding new datasets to the LDS
    • Building new reporting tools for public and/or secured reporting
    • Building new reports and dashboards to support research, public reporting and secured reporting
    • Enhancing current tools

Wisconsin's LDS Vision:
"Provide a cost-effective, integrated educational analysis and reporting system to support teachers and school administrators making informed decisions to improve student achievement."

The VISION Includes:

  • Parents and community members learning more about their schools
  • Accurate and timely data reporting to meet Federal, State, and local requirements
  • Diagnostic and policy-relevant research
  • Data-informed decision-making at the state, district, school, classroom, and student level

Wisconsin has had a series of grants from the US Department of Education to build and enhance our WISE data systems. 

  • Pre-Grant
    • Internal data siloed and hard to use
    • Not much data sharing with other state agencies
  • 2006 SLDS Grant (Grant Materials Below)
    • Data Model and Reporting Tools
  • 2009 SLDS Grant (Grant Materials Below)
    • Data Warehouse and Dashboard
  • 2009 SLDS ARRA (Grant Materials Below)
    • Leveraging Partnerships
    • Advanced Postsecondary Infrastructure
    • Web-based, integrated teacher licensing and data management
    • Early childhood longitudinal research and feasibility study
    • 2012 Race to the Top Grant (RTT) application accepted (included a project to construct and launch the Early Childhood Integrated Data System (ECIDS)
    • Data sharing among state agencies

  • 2013 RTT Grant/ECIDS Build (For Details and Grant Materials See WI ECIDS Website)
    • Data Sharing among state agencies
    • Established joint governing and decision making structure among the Department of Public Instruction (DPI), the Department of Health Services (DHS) and the Department of Children and Families (DCF)
    • Began three pilot analytical/research questions
    • Created home-grown (in-house coded) Knowledge Base (to allow automated matching of individuals across agencies), File Manager Tool (secure encrypted data file transfers between agencies) and the ECIDS User Portal (tracks and stores cross-agency Data Requests (Research Projects)
    • Received one-year, no-cost extension to the RTTT grant for this project (Year 5 – 2017)
  • 2015 SLDS Grant (The rest of this website is devoted to the 2015 SLDS Grant.  See Current Grant

Prior Grants (Materials Below)


Wisconsin SLDS 2009 ARRA Grant (July 2010)

Title: Advancing and Enriching Education in Wisconsin: Leveraging Partnerships to Accelerate Progress toward a Meaningful Longitudinal Data System.

  •  $13.8 million grant from the US Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences   
  • Projects completed:
    • Advanced Postsecondary Infrastructure: Leverage momentum to accelerate data sharing and interoperability among state education agencies
    • Great Teachers and Leaders: Transition to a web-based, integrated teacher licensing and data management system, improving data accessibility and quality
    • Early childhood longitudinal research: Develop a high quality data plan around early childhood educational programs

Wisconsin SLDS 2009 Grant (April 2009-July 2014)

Title:  Developing a Longitudinal Data System to Support 21st Century Learning in Wisconsin

  • $5.5 million grant from the US Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences

Wisconsin SLDS 2006 Grant (February 2006 and June 2009)

Title  Longitudinal Data Systems to Support Data-Driven Decision-Making

  • $3.1 million  grant from the US Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences between