Christie Administration Awarded $5 Million in Federal Grants to Expand New Jersey's K-12 Data System to Track Students into College and the Workforce
Development over the next three years will be led by the Department of Education, Secretary of Higher Education, and Department of Labor and Workforce Development
|For Immediate Release||Contact: Barbara Morgan
|Date: June 19, 2012||609-292-1126|
Trenton, NJ – New Jersey was awarded $5 million in federal grants this month to expand the state’s current data system, NJSMART, to track students from pre-school through higher education institutions and into the workforce. This expansion will provide valuable information to practitioners in both K-12 schools and higher education institutions to better help measure the effectiveness of programs and to drive improvement efforts.
“For the first time in New Jersey, we will soon be able to track students from pre-k all the way through their entry into the workforce,” said Acting Education Commissioner Chris Cerf. “This data system will be critical to assess the effectiveness of K-12 and career and technical education programs as we strive to ensure that all students graduate from high school truly ready for college and career.”
Last week, the Department of Education received a $4 million award over three years to expand the state’s current data system from K-12 into one that tracks students from pre-k through entry into the workforce. Earlier this month, the Department of Labor and Workforce Development received approximately $1 million to link employment and education data. The Office of the Secretary of Higher Education will be the lead developer of this expansion, with the support of the Department of Education and the Department of Labor and Workforce Development.
The expansion of the state’s data system will have three major goals:
“The grant will facilitate the state’s capacity to measure the success of the education-workforce pipeline, promoting collaboration among the three state agencies,” said Rochelle Hendricks, Secretary of Higher Education. “The additional resources afford the opportunity to use data to improve educational outcomes for our students, business, industry and taxpayers.”
“Having a properly skilled workforce is crucial to the individual success of our workers, the growth of New Jersey’s major industry sectors and the health of the state’s economy. Through this cooperative effort, we will make sure our workforce development programs are as effective as they need to be,” said Harold J. Wirths, Commissioner of the Department of Labor and Workforce Development.
This is the fifth major education-related federal grant that New Jersey has won in the past year, totaling more than $136 million. Four others include:
Additional information can be found at: http://nces.ed.gov/programs/slds/