State and local governments need data to meet new demands and respond nimbly to complex challenges related to education and economic recovery. In some cases, leaders will have to make large investments to modernize outdated data systems. In others, leaders will need moderate investments to address more immediate needs, including making data collection adjustments to respond to new data requirements from the federal government, inform learning recovery, and provide support to districts and schools. Fortunately, federal funding streams can be used to support state data systems or related data activities—and state and local leaders should take advantage of these funds to make improvements.
This resource identifies federal funding streams that are flexible, specify data as an allowable activity, or are allocated specifically for data, and provides details on the amount of funding most likely to be used for these purposes, where possible.