Multistate Longitudinal Data Exchange - Resources

This page provides helpful links to additional information about the Multistate Longitudinal Data Exchange and related topics.


WICHE Resources

Project Overview

A two-page summary of WICHE's Multistate Longitudinal Data Exchange.

A Framework for a Multi-State Human Capital Development Data System

White paper about the development of an interstate longitudinal data exchange from a project that was a precursor to the current MLDE.

Fostering Collaborative State-Level Education and Workforce Database Development

A WICHE Western Policy Exchanges summary of a meeting of the West’s key leaders in building statewide integrated longitudinal data systems.


Resources on longitudinal data systems and state data exchanges

American Association of Community Colleges (AACC)

Common Data Standards Initiative

A collaborative effort to develop and voluntarily adopt common definitions and technical specifications for a subset of data elements critical for policy analysis.

Common Education Data Standards (CEDS)
A project to develop common data definitions for P-20W education data

Community College Research Center

CCRC research on Labor Market Returns for Community College Credentials and other topics.

College Graduation Rates: Behind the Numbers

From the American Council on Education (ACE) Center for Policy Analysis, a guide to the most common databases used to calculate these rates, as well as the advantages and disadvantages of each.

Data Quality Campaign

The Data Quality Campaign supports state policymakers and other key leaders to promote the effective use of data to improve student achievement, including reports about state progress on data improvements, federal policy, FERPA compliance and how to communicate about data use.

Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP)

IHEP’s Postsecondary Education Data Initiative includes analysis of legislation related to education data, measures of higher education and postsecondary-related data availability and limitations.

The Jacob France Institute at the University of Baltimore

Several publications about state longitudinal integrated data systems, for example, “Toward a Business Case for Sustained Investment in State Longitudinal Integrated Data Systems”.

Privacy Technical Assistance Center (PTAC)
U.S. Department of Education site including resources, technical assistance, legal references  and help desk on privacy issues related to education data.

Statewide Longitudinal Data Systems (SLDS)

The Institute for Education Sciences (IES) federal grant program to support state longitudinal data system development. The SLDS website provides information about state grants, technical assistance and best practice resources.

Strong Foundations: The State of State Postsecondary Data Systems

From the State Higher Education Executive Officers (SHEEO) association, summary reports, state profiles and a recorded webinar for results from 2010 and 2012 surveys about postsecondary data sharing activities with K-12 and Labor for 44 states and the District of Columbia.

Tracking Postsecondary Students Across State Lines

National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NCHEMS) report about the feasibility of cross-state linking based on data from Ohio and Kentucky.

U.S. Department of Education

U.S. Department of Labor

Resources about the federal origins and regulations for the collection of unemployment insurance (UI) data by state employment security agencies.

Workforce Data Quality Campaign (WDQC)

A consortium initiative focused on workforce data, providing resources including state and federal data sharing solutions, state progress connecting and using data, and a report showcasing the MLDE.


State Student Workforce Outcomes Websites

In addition to many states that are making information about their states’ education system outcomes available online, some states are exploring or beginning to provide information about their postsecondary workforce outcomes online, including:


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