As the grantee for the Center for the Integration of IDEA Data (CIID), AEM is leading the effort to integrate special education data into statewide longitudinal data systems.

Many special education program offices within state education agencies (SEAs) are eager to work on solving siloes in the management and architecture of their data systems. With an integrated structure, SEAs can better use data to inform educational outcomes for students with disabilities.

AEM has been a significant enabler in helping program offices within SEAs to improve cross-program communication. We foster collaboration between program offices to move toward data integration and use of a statewide longitudinal data system, better data governance, collection, reporting, and analysis required for federal reporting, and more effective decision-making for students with disabilities.

Through CIID, AEM has also developed Generate, an innovative tool that is modernizing the process of federal education data reporting. By 2019, the Generate tool will be used to ease the federal reporting burden for 11 SEAs, representing aggregate reporting to EDFacts on 6.7 million students and 429,000 teachers from more than 3,000 local education agencies.