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Press Release: Federal Grant Will Strengthen Data System To Improve Instruction

MSDE, MLDSC, MHEC, DLLR, USM Project Receives Nearly $7 Million

For Immediate Release                                          

Contact: Bill Reinhard, MSDE, 410-767-0486, Phyllis Reese, MHEC, 410-767-7589

Baltimore, MD (September 21, 2015)

Maryland has been awarded a four-year, $6.9 million federal grant designed to further improve data-based instruction across the State.  The State will receive $1.15 million in the first year.

The U.S. Department of Education made the announcement today.  Maryland received the competitive grant under the Statewide Data Systems program of the U.S. Department of Education, which enables State education agencies to design, develop, and implement longitudinal data systems to efficiently and accurately manage and use data.

Maryland’s project will better link educational databases, from PreK to higher education, to improve outcomes for students.  The project targets improving state capacity for utilizing data for instruction across the State’s educational spectrum. It will help the State identify issues with data systems and drive enhancements that will strengthen evaluation and research along with instructional support.

The Maryland State Department of Education joined with the Maryland Longitudinal Data System Center, Maryland Higher Education Commission, University System of Maryland, and the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation to develop the proposal. 


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