The California Legislature is currently considering plans to create a statewide longitudinal data system – a critical step that could provide the state with desperately needed data to inform public policy. By linking California’s existing education, workforce, financial aid, and social service information, policymakers, educators, and the public will be empowered to better address disparities in opportunities and improve outcomes for all students throughout the state. Given the disproportionate impacts associated with the COVID-19 crisis, the data system will be critical in identifying and targeting resources where they are most needed to close equity gaps.

TICAS’ webinar, California’s Cradle-to-Career Data System: The Power of Data to Inform Policy, focused on California’s current efforts to create the Cradle-to-Career Data System and  how other states have utilized their data systems to inform relevant policy efforts.


  • Meredith Fergus, Director of Research, Minnesota Office of Higher Education
  • LeAnn Fong-Batkin, Senior Project Manager, WestEd
  • Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin, California’s 44th Assembly District
  • Eric Lichtenberger, Deputy Director of Information Management and Research Chief Information Officer, Illinois Board of Higher Education
  • Jason Pontius, Associate Chief Academic Officer, Board of Regents, State of Iowa