Measurement and Accountability

Statewide Longitudinal Data System

Tuesday, June 1, 2010, 10:24 am

This project was funded by the US Department of Education last year.  The objectives of the grant are to build a data governance system and put into place a data warehouse for K-12 information.


The establishment of a data warehouse and the accomplishment of the related objectives will lay the foundation for a longitudinal data system with long-lasting benefits for public education in Montana.  The data warehouse is the backbone of a longitudinal data system.  Such a system makes it possible to use growth models both for school accountability and for improving instruction of individual students.  It will facilitate federal and state reporting, and it will allow more individualized tracking, instruction and intervention with students by teachers and administrators. 


Currently this 4 year project is in the planning phase, Year Two.  ESP Solutions Group was hired to assist with this project.  ESP and OPI staff held a kick-off meeting last week which provided a start on defining the data warehouse requirements and developing a data governance structure.   The plan is to be able to advertise for a contractor to install Montana’s OPI data warehouse by the end of 2010.


The ESP Solutions group and OPI are also in the process of developing a strategy for  reaching out  to the districts and schools to gather input and requirements regarding the data warehouse.   Stay tuned for further news regarding the outreach plan to schools and districts.  One goal is to ensure that all the schools and districts will be able to learn about and benefit from this new project. 

For more information, contact Jamey Ereth, 444-4409