Wyoming P-20 Statewide Longitudinal Data System (SLDS)

Executive Summary from Needs Assessment

Wyoming policy makers and legislators are under ever-increasing pressure to ensure the economic viability and competitiveness of their state. They recognize that education is an essential element economic growth. To this end, Wyoming, like many states across the country, is continuously pursuing and assessing effective education reform policies and programs. Such pursuits require detailed and specific data that spans early childhood to work force (P-20) across multiple years, from multiple agencies and through a wide range of programs. As recently as this year the legislature has requested information such as:
  • What is the impact of Dual/Concurrent enrollment courses on post-secondary outcomes?
  • What is the impact of the Hathaway Scholarship Program’s Success Curriculum on postsecondary outcomes (including remediation rates)?
  • How do changes in the education/teacher labor market affect postsecondary educator prep programs?
  • Does the Hathaway Scholarship Program have an impact on the workforce in Wyoming?
    As with most states, the data needed to address such requests for Wyoming exist only in scattered data systems that lack the cohesion and integration necessary to easily and accurately trace the progression of a child through an entire continuum of education and agency experiences and into the workforce. Pulling the data together to answer inquiries such as these is labor intensive (expensive), prone to error and interpretation and usually not timely.