Harnessing the Potential of Statewide Longitudinal Data Systems to Support College and Career Readiness

Statewide longitudinal data systems (SLDS) offer states a potentially powerful tool to observe trends, assess needs, and develop and refine policies that can promote college and career readiness initiatives aligned with the requirements of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). In this Ask the CCRS Center brief, we discuss strategies for leveraging SLDS to promote state-defined college and career readiness goals. We highlight state policy examples using SLDS to support college and career readiness from Florida, Georgia, Massachusetts, and Montana.


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