Journey to a P20W Data System

A statewide, longitudinal P20W System or Pre-Kindergarten through Workforce system has numerous benefits. It provides stakeholders with insights into challenges across location, and sources. The longitudinal design of a P20W system allows stakeholders to evaluate long term outcomes for students. With a P20W system, states can evaluate programs, policies and analyze costs and expenses.

As of 2019, there are only sixteen states and the District of Columbia that have a full P20W system that captures data across all four core agencies, from early learning through the workforce. Twenty-nine states and the District of Columbia have a centralized system, while 12 states have a federated system [1].

An example of a unique and successful federated and centralized system is North Carolina. North Carolina’s Common Education Data Analysis and Reporting System (CEDARS) is the state’s PreK-13 Longitudinal Data System. CEDARS includes the eScholar Complete Data Warehouse as the central longitudinal data repository and the eScholar Uniq-ID as the person identifier.

Since its implementation with the Department of Public Instruction, North Carolina has assigned and matched over 4 million unique identifiers across
early childhood, K-13, and post-secondary education. With the P20W system in place, North Carolina provides benefits to policy makers, researchers, students, and their families. They have a linked system across the P20W
continuum using eScholar Uniq-ID and have the highest quality, CEDS-aligned data in their K-13 data system using the eScholar Complete Data Warehouse.

To learn more about how a unique identifier enables the linking of records without requiring source systems to consume the identifer and maintains a record of every source system identifier linked to the person and associates it to the single UID for the person, download the full case study here.



Jr, Z. P. (n.d.). Resource Title:50-State Comparison: Statewide Longitudinal Data Systems. Retrieved from https://www.ecs.org/state-longitudinal-data-systems/

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