Senate Considers Data Bill

by Rachel Zinn
January 29, 2015

The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee passed a bill yesterday to reauthorize federal grants that support state longitudinal data systems.

The Strengthening Education through Research Act (S. 227) reauthorizes the Education Sciences Reform Act, which in 2002 established the federal education research system.  The bill now goes to the full Senate.

The bill's language directing the U.S. Department of Education to award grants for state longitudinal data systems matches legislation passed by the House in May 2014. It encourages alignment of data across early childhood, K-12, postsecondary and workforce programs. In addition, the bill emphasizes that states should use data for program improvement and must protect student privacy.

WDQC sent a letter last year in support of the House bill.