This document states the need for statewide longitudinal data systems that can help facilitate sharing of student-level data across the education spectrum. The brief notes that doing this could help schools answer policy questions critical to increasing college and career readiness among students. Example questions include the number of high school graduates that have taken the required coursework to prepare for college, how many students are "on-track" for future success, etc. The brief also suggests ways to access and share longitudinal data with different stakeholders and provides policymakers with examples of how to effectively share data across systems.
How Using Quality Education Data Can Increase College and Career Readiness