By sharing data, child welfare and education agencies can work together to significantly improve educational outcomes for students in foster care. These students are often highly mobile and need the coordinated help of both agencies to make smooth transitions between schools, identify and address educational needs, address attendance and discipline issues, ensure student engagement and successful progression toward a high school credential, and more. States need to securely link key foster care and K–12 data to ensure that students in foster care are supported throughout their education with access to a full range of educational opportunities, including higher education.
Author(s): Data Quality Campaign, Legal Center for Foster Care and Education
Publication Date: 2017
Topic(s): Data and Evaluation, Data Sharing and Information Sharing, Foster Youth
Resource Type: Policy Brief, Research / Report
Recommended Audience(s): Agency Leaders and Professionals
Click to Download: Roadmap for Foster Care and K-12 Data Linkages