Sorry for not clearly explaining next weeks call in the previous email. I just wanted to let everyone know that SLDS stand for Statewide Longitudinal Data Systems. SLDS is a data system that links data across agencies or data within agencies such as linking special and general Education data or k-12 data with post-secondary data. Many states have have been given federal grants to establish SLDS systems. The goal of this grant program is to link Early Childhood, K-12, Post-secondary and labor data. Information about the IES SLDS program can be found at http://nces.ed.gov/programs/slds/ . Specific information about your state including a copy of it¹s SLDS grant application (if is currently has a grant) can be found at http://nces.ed.gov/programs/slds/stateinfo.asp I would encourage you to look and see if your state has a SLDS grant prior to our call next week. Please feel free to email me if you have any other questions.
----------- Ryan Kellems, Ph.D. Research Associate National Post-School Outcomes Center Secondary Special Education & Transition University of Oregon (541) 346-3218 rkell...@uoregon.edu