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Carrie Conaway: What Research Do State Education Agencies Need?

By CPRE Research 
June 26, 2018

Carrie Conaway: What Research Do State Education Agencies Need?

As states craft evidence-based education policies in compliance with the Every Student Succeeds Act, State Education Agencies (SEAs) are responding to a growing demand for quality research. For many, State Longitudinal Data Systems (SLDSs) provide a wealth of reliable data on key student indicators. But according to some state officials, SLDs also have their limits.  

In their article "What Research Do State Education Agencies Really Need? The Promise and Limitations of State Longitudinal Data Systems," SEA officials Carrie Conaway (Massachusetts), Venessa Keesler (Michigan), and Nathaniel Schwartz (Tennessee) explain how SEAs can strategically employ longitudinal data while building new partnerships to increase capacity, conduct internal research, and tie ongoing research to state priorities.  

In this episode of Research Minutes, Carrie Conaway speaks with CPRE Knowledge Hub Director Bobbi Newman about the article and provides tips for both researchers and policy makers hoping for more effective collaboration.  

Listen to the full podcast here.  

"What Research Do State Education Agencies Really Need? The Promise and Limitations of State Longitudinal Data Systems" was published in Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis in May 2015. The full article can be found here.

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