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Tuesday, October 07, 2014

VA Encourages Students to Develop Educational Apps Using State Data

Virginia's State Longitudinal Data System (SLDS) was established in part due to funding the state received through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) in 2009. Since 2009, the state has collected a lot of education data. To help promote the use of this data, Virginia's Department of Education teamed up with the non-profit Center for Innovative Learning, and the two have established Apps4VA, an initiative that encourages Virginia students to develop applications that can present this data in meaningful ways. Students take a course in application development and use a variety of publicly available data sets. Many apps have been created as a result, including one around identifying students at risk of dropping out and another one that highlights industry projections to help influence course offerings at area schools.