With $10 million in funding, an ambitious timeline and a champion in Gov. Gavin Newsom behind it, the Legislature recently passed legislation for a statewide education data system that will follow children from infancy through the workplace.
The marching order for what Newsom is calling a Cradle to Career Data System is included in a lengthy bill elaborating on the 2019-20 state budget for education. It lays out steps over the next 18 months that will determine what the system will look like, how it will be governed, who will have access to data and how privacy and security will be handled.
As of 2016, California was one of only eight states that either didn’t have or wasn’t building a “longitudinal” data system.