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(Washington, D.C.) – Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) applauded the announcement of a major investment to improve education throughout Washington state by giving educators the resources they need to use data to improve student outcomes. Washington state will receive a grant of over $17 million to further develop the state longitudinal data system (SLDS), funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009, which will be used to develop data systems used to give educators insights into their teaching practices. Senator Murray led the delegation in sending a letter to the Institute for Educational Sciences in support of Washington state receiving this grant. The grant will be put to work immediately to enhance the Washington State Education Research and Data Center, a unique organization that was created to integrate education and workforce data systems.

“School in Washington state are facing massive budget cuts that put pressure on teachers to do more with less,” said Senator Murray. “This system will serve as a tool for educators and policymakers to know what is working in our schools and what can be done to better prepare our students to succeed in long-term careers.” 

Data systems of this type can help teachers create a more effective learning environment for students by identifying student achievement and the factors that lead to student success. Additionally, the development of these systems will allow for the integration of education and workforce data that can help educators flag improvements that can be made in our schools and colleges to better prepare our students for success in the workforce.