By Dr. Melody Schopp
Department of Education
Benefits of longitudinal data system exciting
For years we have talked about creating a longitudinal data system for South Dakota. To see that vision becoming a reality with the new SD-STARS (Student Teacher Accountability Reporting System) is extremely exciting.
The purpose of SD-STARS is three-fold: to aid, measure and inform. Through SD-STARS, educators will have the ability to access and use high quality data to aid in informing their instruction. Through SD-STARS, student outcomes will be measured so educators can identify at-risk students, examine achievement gaps, evaluate programs, and so forth. Finally, the data within the system will be used to inform decisions related to systemic change.
Earlier this week, you should have received a newsletter about SD-STARS. An electronic version also is posted at http://doe.sd.gov/ofm/documents/0712_STAR.pdf
I would encourage you to look through this first issue if you have not already done so. I was particularly interested to learn about things other states have done with their LDS systems.
Once SD-STARS is up and running, I am confident that you will be as excited as I am about how educators can use the system to the benefit of our students.