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The SLDS is a longitudinal data system, meaning it links data about students as they move through school and the workforce. Technology enables the system to provide these linkages without revealing the identity of any students.
The SLDS currently has data from the following agencies:
Future phases of the system will include data from additional agencies, such as the Teacher Standards and Practices Commission, the Department of Human Services, the Oregon Health Authority, and the Department of Corrections. This expanded data will provide a more holistic view of the student experience.
The privacy of Oregon students is a top priority for the SLDS. The data in the SLDS is assembled, maintained, used and disseminated in a way that ensures confidentiality and security and meets the requirements of the Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act, known as FERPA. All users of the system must complete training regarding data security and sign a user confidentiality agreement.
Now that the SLDS is operational, researchers at the Oregon’s education agencies are beginning to use the system. Researchers will use the SLDS to conduct longitudinal studies to help the state prioritize and evaluate its investments in education. External partners interested in using the system must submit a data request application, which will be evaluated by the SLDS Governance Committee to ensure the research proposed will help meet the state’s education goals.
The SLDS is a complex tool designed for researchers. Because the system is longitudinal, it is not meant to provide specific data points. Rather, researchers can use the SLDS to look at trend information, specifically how policies and other factors affect student outcomes. The SLDS team is working with the research community to develop reports and data dashboards that will be available to the public online.
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