Information Technology Services


Montana's Statewide Longitudinal Data System for K-12 Education

Monday, November 1, 2010, 5:48 pm

Over the summer, the SLDS project was renamed GEMS, "Growth and Enhancement of Montana Students." 

The U.S. Department of Education visited Montana and met with the project team and other stakeholders from OPI and LEA’s.  OPI received high marks from the U.S. Department of Education.  The federal reviewers said that OPI is positioned well to move forward with the SLDS project and that OPI was doing a remarkable job with planning for the project.  OPI has a lot of valuable data which schools and districts will be able to use to improve student performance.  The USED has already mentioned some of the highlights from their visit to Montana on calls with other states.  Some of the highlights are OPI’s gap analysis work, data collections, and extensive project documentation.

The Data Governance system is developing.  The Data Governance Committee meets regularly and has representatives from key areas of OPI.  The work products include a Master List of Committees, the Data Coordination Committee Charter, and an annual plan for Data Management and the Information Stakeholder Committee.

ESP Solutions Group is the vendor for Phase I of the SLDS project.  Their charge is to gather requirements and write the RFP for a vendor for the Data Warehouse.  Requirements were gathered from the data stakeholders and power users who attended the vendor demonstrations for the Business Intelligence tools.  These requirements have been written into the Data Warehouse Request for Proposal (RFP). 

The Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Data Warehouse will be released to the public by November 12, 2010.

For more information, contact Jamey Ereth, Project Manager, 406-444-4409