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FY12 Statewide Longitudinal Data System (SDLS) Request for Application Released


The National Center for Education Statistics, under the Institute of Education Sciences, invites State educational agencies to apply for grants to assist them in developing and implementing statewide, longitudinal data systems in the FY12 SLDS competition.


Applications may apply for funds to carry out projects to address one of the three following priorities:

  1. to design, develop, and implement a statewide, longitudinal kindergarten through grade 12 (K-12) data system
  2. to develop and link early childhood data with the State's K-12 data system
  3. to develop and link postsecondary and/or workforce data with the State's K-12 data system

The Institute will award grants of no more than $5 million for Priority 1 and grants of no more than $4 million for Priorities 2 and 3.  Eligible State educational agencies may submit applications to address only one of the the three priorities.  Applications that address more than one priority will not considered responsive to this Request for Applications and will not be considered.


Only State educational agencies are eligible to apply.  The State educational agencies of the 50 States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the United States Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Guam, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands are included, however, for this competition only, applications will not be considered from the 20 State educational agencies that received SLDS ARRA grants in May 2010.


The submission deadline for the Statewide Longitudinal Data Systems Grant is December 15, 2011 at 4:30:00pm, Washington, DC time.

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Click on this link to view the request for applications:  

Summary of Key Findings

The U.S. Census Bureau announced today that in 2010, median household income declined, the poverty rate increased and the percentage without health insurance coverage was not statistically different from the previous year.

Real median household income in the United States in 2010 was $49,445, a 2.3 percent decline from the 2009 median. The nation's official poverty rate in 2010 was 15.1 percent, up from 14.3 percent in 2009 - the third consecutive annual increase in the poverty rate. There were 46.2 million people in poverty in 2010, up from 43.6 million in 2009 - the fourth consecutive annual increase and the largest number in the 52 years for which poverty estimates have been published.

The number of people without health insurance coverage rose from 49.0 million in 2009 to 49.9 million in 2010, while the percentage without coverage -16.3 percent - was not statistically different from the rate in 2009.

This information covers the first full calendar year after the December 2007-June 2009 recession. See section on the historical impact of recessions.

These findings are contained in the report Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2010. The following results for the nation were compiled from information collected in the 2011 Current Population Survey (CPS) Annual Social and Economic Supplement (ASEC):