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NEWS RELEASES 2007-08 :: JULY 26, 2007

NCDPI IS ONE OF 13 STATES TO RECEIVE FEDERAL DATA SYSTEM GRANT

The NC Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) has received a $6 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences to create the NC Common Education Data Analysis and Reporting System (NC CEDARS), a longitudinal data system.

NC CEDARS will integrate previously incompatible educational databases into a single data repository that teachers, principals, researchers and other educators can analyze with easy to use intelligence tools. One feature it will provide is a unique student identifier.

"NC CEDARS augments the ability of local and state education agencies to efficiently use more accurate education data in their analysis and research and will complement NC WISE, the state's student information management system under deployment statewide," said State Superintendent June Atkinson.

"Information is power in every field, and education is no exception," State Board of Education Chairman Howard Lee said. "This grant provides North Carolina with the opportunity to strengthen our capacity to improve student learning and to demonstrate effective strategies."

NCDPI is one of 13 state education agencies to receive the grant, which is intended to encourage the use of scientifically-based research data to improve education, a goal of No Child Left Behind. All 50 states, five territories and the District of Columbia were eligible to apply.

North Carolina has sought to use student performance data to support improvements in learning since 1996, the first year of the state's school accountability model, the ABCs of Public Education.

In selecting its grantees, the Institute—the research, evaluation and statistical arm of the U.S. Department of Education—evaluated applicants based on their need for such a system, their design and management plans for it, and the amount of other funding available.

Because the grant is spread over three years, grantees will submit annual reports on the development and implementation of these systems, as well as a final report at the end of the three-year period.

The state budget and other funding sources will supplement NC CEDARS with $6.1 million of additional funding.

For more information, please contact the NCDPI's Communications division at 919-807-3450.

About the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction:
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction provides leadership to 115 local public school districts and 107 charter schools serving over 1.5 million students in kindergarten through high school graduation. The agency is responsible for all aspects of the state's public school system and works under the direction of the North Carolina State Board of Education.


For more information:
NCDPI Communications and Information, 919.807.3450.