Georgia has been awarded an $8.9 million grant by the federal government to improve its statewide educational data system.
Georgia was one of 27 states that received a 2009 Statewide Longitudinal Data System Grant from the Institute of Educational Sciences, a division of the U.S. Department of Education.
"This grant will allow the state, our schools and school systems to use data more efficiently and effectively to guide policy and instruction," said State Superintendent of Schools Kathy Cox. "We have already made tremendous progress in this area, but this grant will allow us to go the next level."
Georgia will use the grant money over the the next four years to improve data exchanges between the state and local districts as well as other areas of education, such as pre-K and higher education. The State Board of Education has identified the improvement of statewide data tools and resources as one of its key initiatives in its strategic plan.
The Statewide Longitudinal Data System Grants were created to enhance the ability of States to efficiently and accurately manage, analyze, and use education data, including individual student records. The data systems developed with funds from these grants should help states, districts, schools, and teachers make data-driven decisions to improve student learning, as well as facilitate research to increase student achievement and close achievement gaps.