Richmond, VA (January 19, 2013) – A unique data system is set to launch this summer in Virginia that merges information from several state agencies required to report education and workforce statistics on a regular basis. The Virginia Longitudinal Data System (VLDS) tracks and connects education demographics from grades K-12 and in-state colleges to the workforce in Virginia.
In simple terms, VLDS will help determine how primary education in Virginia plays a role in pursuing a college degree in Virginia and how both connect to the workforce in the Commonwealth. A first of its kind in the state, the public can learn about topics and issues related to VLDS from the VLDS Blog.
VLDS is a single data system that draws from statistics generated by the Virginia Department of Education, the State Council of Higher Education, Virginia Community College System and Virginia Employment Commission. Users of the system can easily access information from one source, instead of searching the separate agency databases to compile reports.
Virginia is one of 20 states to receive a 2010 Longitudinal Data Systems Grant, funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009. The grants support the development and implementation of data systems to enable states to examine student progress from early childhood to postsecondary and beyond, including matching teachers to students, while protecting student privacy and confidentiality.
Among the partners of this effort are Virginia Information Technologies Agency and the Center for Innovative Technology, a state-chartered, non-profit organization that accelerates innovation, imagination and the next generation of technology and technology companies.
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