Statewide Longitudinal Data Systems
CSFA Number: 586-55-0433
Agency Name
State Board Of Education (586)
Agency Contact
John Shake
217-782-4313
jshake@isbe.net
Short Description
This Statewide Longitudinal Data Systems (SLDS) fiscal year 2015 grant program is for state projects that focus on data used to inform policy and practice.
Subject Area
Education
Program Function
Education
Enabling Legislation
Educational Technical Assistance Act of 2002
Objectives and Goals
Developing, implementing and using longitudinal data systems to improve student learning.
• Illinois Data FIRST will build from existing investments. The projects will accelerate Illinois’ movement from a compliance model of data management to a service model focused on utilization of data for state and local education system improvements.
• Illinois Data FIRST will provide visually comprehensive dashboards that connect resource allocation information to student outcomes and educator information. Clear charts, graphs, and statistical tools will enable educators to identify performance trends at the classroom and student level.
• Administrator tools can be used to base policy on school and local education agency level trends. These trends can inform policymakers about programs that are successful and what changes are needed.
• The enhancement of the underlying data collection and management will support research and evaluation leading to program and system-level improvements.
Types of Assistance
Non-competitive
Uses and Restrictions
With this grant round, the Technical Assistance (TA) focus will grow to include data use, including, for example, helping states develop models of data sharing, use, and training for educators, policymakers, and researchers. As states develop these models, our TA team shares the products and processes with other states, helping states learn about promising practices grounded in state-level experience.

Institutions of Higher Education that receive a state award or federal pass-through award for a grant program administered by the Illinois State Board of Education will be restricted to a maximum indirect rate of 8% or other indirect cost rate calculated by their cognizant federal agency, whichever is less, pursuant to an exception to the Uniform Guidance (2 CFR 200) and GATA approved by the Governor’s Office of Management and Budget.
Eligibility Requirements
While state education agencies are the fiscal agents for SLDS funds, state education agencies may share grant funds with partner agencies (e.g., early childhood, postsecondary, workforce, etc.) to support partner agencies' work contributing to the SLDS.
Eligible Applicants
Education Organizations;
Application and Award Processing
State education agencies were allowed to apply for up to two priority areas.

Individual grants range from $1 million to $7 million for the four-year grant period. IES awarded grants of no more than $3.5 million per priority.

Illinois received $7 million (maximum amount). Funding was awarded to 16 states:
American Samoa, Hawaii, Illinois, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Washington, and Wisconsin
Assistance Consideration
With this grant round, the Technical Assistance (TA) focus will grow to include data use, including, for example, helping states develop models of data sharing, use, and training for educators, policymakers, and researchers. As states develop these models, our TA team shares the products and processes with other states, helping states learn about promising practices grounded in state-level experience. TA, provided through the Education Data Technical Assistance Program (EDTAP) and the Privacy Technical Assistance Center (PTAC), has historically focused on data system foundations (for example, data governance, stakeholder engagement, sustainability, data linking, protecting student privacy, etc.). While TA support to develop and enhance these groundwork initiatives will continue to be provided, we are excited to expand in scope as much state focus matures to include data use.
Post Assistance Requirements
Complementary investments have and will continue to be made in providing technical assistance to all states, regardless of grant status.
Regulations, Guidelines, Literature
nces.ed.gov/programs/slds/grant_information.asp

34 CFR 76.561; 44 Ill. Adm. Code 7000.40
Funding By Fiscal Year
FY 2017 : $2,051,094
FY 2018 : $1,970,911
FY 2019 : $1,970,911
Federal Funding
Notice of Funding Opportunities
None
Agency IDGrantee NameStart DateEnd DateAmount
Southern Illinois University Carbondale07/01/201906/30/202095,825
Northern Illinois University07/01/201906/30/202048,816