In May 2010, the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) was awarded $17.4 million from the Statewide Longitudinal Data Systems (SLDS) Grant to implement a true P-20 education data system that is aligned across the state’s education systems and is anchored by a common definition of postsecondary and workforce readiness to ensure students graduating from high school are ready for postsecondary education as well as workforce success.
Through this grant, CDE along with the Office of Information Technology (OIT), Colorado Departments of Higher Education (CDHE), Human Services (CDHS) and Labor and Employment (CDLE) will build a state longitudinal data system that meets the required system elements and capabilities as outlined in the SLDS Grant. This initiative, now called Relevant Information to Strengthen Education or RISE, is currently underway. The grant focuses on all initiatives required to provide Colorado citizens, educators and students the benefits of effective data collection and alignment with standards, and the tools for interactive provision of accurate and timely data for use in continuous educational improvement.
Colorado Department of Education - 2009 SLDS Grant Proposal (PDF)
CDE Proposal for grants under the Statewide Longitudinal Data Systems Recovery Act Grants