SWWC Receives SLEDS Grant
Minnesota's Statewide Longitudinal Education Data System (SLEDS) announces a new Data Use Training and Technical Assistance Network.
SWWC will play a vital role by serving the southwest planning region. By supporting SLEDS, SWWC can better serve members and partners and help them make more informed decisions using the most up-to-date source of data about K-12 students and their transitions to college and the workforce.
A Regional Education Analyst (REA) will be located in each of six planning areas, encompassing the entire state.
REAs will put a personal face on SLEDS and will proactively work with local schools, districts, colleges and workforce agency staff to facilitate local needs assessments, and encourage and support use of SLEDS data to inform policy making and program decisions. They will be the go-to people for help with using education and regional analysis, and career planning information.
Proposed REA project activities will include:
- Train state, local and partnering agency staff on how to use education data and related information for decision making.
- Initiate and coordinate local education analysis activities in partnership with the state, LEAs and communities, including providing tools and expertise necessary for planning and program evaluation.
- Initiate and facilitate projects involving external partners.
- Oversee special regional studies and projects related to education, including college and career planning.
- Coordinate and conduct original education data analysis.
- Serve as an expert education data resource to LEAs, colleges, workforce staff and programs, and partner agencies.
- Determine education research and information resource needs and pursue appropriate responses.
- Respond to requests for information and analysis.