Office of the Superintendent

Montana Application Denied for ARRA Data System Grant

Wednesday, June 2, 2010, 9:22 am

In December 2009, the Office of Public Instruction, in conjunction with the Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education, the Early Childhood Services Bureau at the Department of Public Health and Human Services, and the Research and Analysis Bureau at the Department of Labor and Industry, submitted an $8.7 million grant application to the US Department of Education (USED) for a statewide longitudinal data system grant for coordination of P-20 data systems.  These grant fund were made available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

On May 21, USED announced that 20 states were awarded grants to develop and implement systems that promote the linking of data across time and databases, from early childhood into career, including matching teachers to students, while protecting student privacy and confidentiality consistent with applicable privacy protection laws.  Montana was not selected as one of the states to receive funding although we thought that we had a strong application and demonstrated good communication and cooperation among the state agency partners and school associations.

OPI will continue our work on the statewide longitudinal data systems grant that we received in March 2009.  We will also continue to pursue available funding sources for development of education data systems.

For more information, contact Madalyn Quinlan, 406-444-3168