Policy Spotlight: Long-Overdue Cradle-to-Career Student Data System in California
After decades of fits and starts, and advocacy from a wide range of organizations, California has finally committed to investing in building a statewide student longitudinal data system with the passage of the California Cradle-to-Career Data System Act. This has truly been a decades long struggle, with California, the home of Silicon Valley, digging its heels in as other states built robust student data infrastructures.
Despite the frustration, the myriad advocates did not give up. The national pressure (and support) from DQC was unrelenting, and state advocacy organizations, like EdVoice, The Education Trust-West, and Teach Plus California kept the pressure on publicly and within the Legislature and Governor’s office, highlighting all the questions that cannot be answered about California’s students and schools. Advocates hope that the state will benefit from their recalcitrance and learn from the many states that came before California as the Cradle-to-Career Data System is created.