Fact Sheet | May 7, 2021

California’s Cradle-To-Career Data System: The Power of Data to Inform Policy

In 2019, the California State Legislature passed the California Cradle-to-Career Data System Act, setting in motion a process to create a statewide data system containing educational, workforce, financial aid, and social service information designed to address disparities in opportunities and improve outcomes for all students. The proposed data system will be a neutral source of high-quality information, paired with tools to help a range of stakeholders to utilize the information.

Statewide Longitudinal Data Systems (SLDS) are an important tool for a variety of stakeholders. Many other states have already established longitudinal data systems and have utilized them to design programs and policies to better serve students. This fact sheet highlights how Illinois, Iowa, and Minnesota have used their data systems to inform relevant policy efforts.