House Data Bill Advances

by Rachel Zinn
April 8, 2014

A bill that would reauthorize federal grants to support state longitudinal data systems passed the House Committee on Education and the Workforce this morning.

WDQC sent a letter of support for the proposed legislation in advance of today’s committee markup.

The Strengthening Education through Research Act (H.R. 4366) would reauthorize the Education Sciences Reform Act, which in 2002 established the federal education research system. The bipartisan bill was introduced by Rep. Todd Rokita (R-IN) and Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY).

The bill would amend language that directs the U.S. Department of Education to award grants for state longitudinal data systems. New language would encourage alignment of data across early childhood, K-12, postsecondary and workforce programs. In addition, the bill emphasizes the use of data, not just data system creation.