The RISE (Relevant Information to Strengthen Education) program was made possible by the Statewide Longitudinal Grant Data Systems (SLDS) Grant Program, as authorized by the Educational Technical Assistance Act of 2002, Title II of the statute that created the Institute of Education Services (IES). The program is designed to aid state education agencies in developing and implementing systems intended to enhance the state's ability to efficiently and accurately manage, analyze and use education data. The data systems developed with funds from the SLDS Grant Program should help states, districts, schools and teachers make data driven decisions to improve student learning, as well as facilitate research to increase student achievement and close achievement gaps.
These competitive, cooperative agreement grants extend for three to five years for up to twenty million dollars per grantee. Grantees are obligated to submit annual reports and a final report on the development and implementation of their systems. All 50 states, five territories, and the district of Columbia are eligible to apply. The Colorado Department of Education with the opportunity to purchase, develop and implement vital "infrastructure" building blocks that will be utilized for years to come. It also laid the groundwork for the RISE program which is funded by the 2009 SLDS Grant.
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