On September 24th Governor Beshear announced that Kentucky was awarded more than $6.7 million dollars in a federal grant to build on and improve the Kentucky Longitudinal Data System (KLDS). The KLDS is a statewide repository of education data from pre-K through postsecondary and on into adult training and continuing education and is managed by the Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics. The system links information from the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE), the Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE), the Education Professional Standards Board (EPSB), the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority, and the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. This information is securely archived and data de-identified for reports to be published for open access. See the list of reports available at their website: https://kcews.ky.gov/Data/PublicUse.aspx.
According to the press release, the funded project will use the KLDS to assess students’ college and career readiness and track educational and workforce outcomes. In addition, it will improve the ability of state and local partners to conduct high-quality research and program evaluations. Currently, much information can be located in the Kentucky Postsecondary Feedback Reports that use graphs and charts to answer the following questions:
- What were the recent enrollment and graduation numbers of this institution?
- What were the employment outcomes of this institution’s graduates?
- What are the characteristics of this institution’s students who transferred?
- How many graduates who earned a Bachelor’s degree that this institution matriculated into or enrolled in a graduate-level program in the immediately following fall term?
- What happened to this institution’s undergraduates who left (dropped out) in a particular academic year without completing a credential and did not transfer to another institution in the fall of the following academic year?
Kentucky is one of 16 states or territories to receive a grant in the sixth round of the Statewide Longitudinal Data System (SLDS) Grant program. This is the second grant from SLDS that KCEWS has been awarded since 2012 for a total of more than $10.3 million.