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Data Management

The MLDS Center connects student data from across Maryland’s education and workforce agencies to provide a more complete picture of the progress students are making as they move from Pre-K through grades K-12 and into higher education and the workforce

The MLDS Center receives data from:

  • Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE)
  • Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC)
  • Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation (DLLR)
  • Other external data sources

These data are subject to strict data management, security and privacy requirements.

The MLDS Data Inventory provides a comprehensive listing of the data housed in the System. All MLDS Center data must adhere to the Data Reporting Standards before becoming publicly available.

All research is done using de-identified data. All reporting of the results of the research are done using de-identified, aggregate data with additional data suppression rules applied. All published MLDS Center data are FERPA compliant.

The Center uses data from publicly available sources to supplement analyses and/or provide contextual information in the interpretation of results. Publically available data are not listed in the data inventory or included in the System.