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September/October 2015Vol. 16, No. 7Sharing Education Data

The Legal Center for Foster Care and Education and the Data Quality Campaign developed a factsheet about the importance of child welfare and education agencies sharing data about the school experiences of children in foster care. It also provides information about which States securely link their K–12 and foster care data systems. Sharing relevant and critical information across systems can help ensure that children in foster care receive the support and services they need to succeed in school. Child welfare professionals can use education data to help children and youth in foster care with the following:

  • Helping with timely enrollment and transfer of credits if a school change is needed
  • Identifying the need for educational supports
  • Working with school staff to address attendance and discipline issues
  • Assisting with transition planning to postschool activities such as higher education

The factsheet Supporting Students in Foster Care: Collaboration Between Education and Child Welfare Agencies Is Key, along with a supplemental data file for related numbers, is available at