State of Arkansas Called A Pioneer In Data Use

by Luke Jones  on Monday, Nov. 25, 2013 12:00 am  

A practical example:

“One of our favorite stories, and one of the earliest, was from Arkansas,” Kowalski said. “They had linked up their state K-12 system with the scholarship application system. Kids were going into scholarships and applying for them, but in order to determine eligibility, they had to get their transcripts.” But the system often failed, Kowalski said. “They lost a lot of kids at that point,” she said.

The solution involved connecting high school transcripts with the scholarship application system, Kowalski said. “So they connected those two systems so when they applied for that scholarship, at the point where it verifies eligibility, it can link to the data system and determine eligibility right there,” she said, “and they’re done.”

The result was a jump in completed applications and a subsequent increase in enrollment in higher education in the state, she said.

“That was hugely valuable,” she said. “That’s a high-level thing.”



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