Missouri maintains two longitudinal databases. The Missouri Comprehensive Data System (MCDS) is the state’s P20 data system, which is still in development, but will be used to research student progress and comply with federal reporting requirements. It is provided by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. The MCDS website makes facts and reports available to the public, and will soon make a secured area of the website available to school personnel. The state’s Department of Economic Development also maintains a limited access warehouse style Workforce Longitudinal Data System for federal reporting and policy development. Eventually, data will include educational enrollment, unemployment insurance wage records, and details about adult training programs. Although the system is primarily used for internal research, it also populates the Wage Explorer tool, which allows the public to see aggregated outcomes data for various training programs. Outcomes include average wages, industry of employment, and region of employment.

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2016 Survey

  • Including All Students and Pathways
    • Inclusive Cross-Agency Council
      Minimal Progress Minimal Progress

      Establish a cross-agency council that includes labor, preK-12, career and technical education (CTE), higher education, social services, et. al. (P-20/W) to oversee statewide data collection and reporting.

    • Count More Students
      Minimal Progress Minimal Progress

      Increase the percentage of students across all education and workforce programs included in state longitudinal data systems (SLDS).

    • Metrics for Career Pathways
      In Progress In Progress

      Create consistent metrics across education and workforce programs to facilitate program alignment and integration into state data systems.

  • Counting Industry-Recognized Credentials
    • Capture Diverse Credentials
      In Progress In Progress

      Increase the range of credentials (certificates, certifications, licenses) being counted in addition to degrees -- including those awarded by industry third-parties -- within SLDS-monitored outcome data..

    • Industry Validation
      In Progress In Progress

      Develop a state policy that establishes a process for industry validation of awarded credentials across education and workforce programs.

  • Assessing Employment Outcomes
    • Know if Graduates Get Jobs
      In Progress In Progress

      Determine employment and earnings outcomes for graduates of an increasing number of workforce and education programs (including higher education).

    • Cross-State Sharing of Employment Data
      Minimal Progress Minimal Progress

      Participate in the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage Record Interchange System 2 (WRIS2), or another appropriate platform, to enable the cross-state sharing of employment data.

  • Expanding Use of Labor Market Information
    • LMI Capacity and Use
      Achieved Achieved

      Improve labor market information (LMI) data collection and analysis capacity, and ensure such data is made accessible to a variety of audiences

    • Industry Skills Gaps
      Achieved Achieved

      Initiate Skills Gap analyses, using expanded student reporting, LMI, and industry feedback to assess alignments between education and workforce programs and labor market demand.

  • Ensuring Data Access and Appropriate Use
    • Scorecards for Students and Workers
      In Progress In Progress

      Report de-identified, aggregate program and institution level data so that people can compare programs and make career decisions.

    • Feedback Reports to Programs and Institutions
      In Progress In Progress

      Establish the means for all education and workforce programs to access de-identified, aggregate data about graduates' long-term employment and education outcomes.

    • Dashboards for Policymakers
      Minimal Progress Minimal Progress

      Regularize reporting to the Governor and state legislature on education and employment outcomes across all education and workforce programs.

    • State Funding
      Achieved Achieved

      Commit state resources, in addition to whatever federal support is available, to develop and maintain these data reporting systems for ongoing use by individuals, educators, and policymakers in the state.

Federal Funding

SLDS 2006
SLDS 2007
SLDS 2009
SLDS 2012
WDQI Round 1
WDQI Round 2
WDQI Round 3
WDQI Round 4
WDQI Round 5
WDQI Round 6 $1,000,000



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