Education and Workforce Development Cabinet
Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics to hold free data conference Sept. 22 in Frankfort

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, September 02, 2015  
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FRANKFORT, Ky. (Sept. 2, 2015) – The Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics (KCEWS) is hosting its first full-day data conference Sept. 22 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet conference center, 200 Mero St. in Frankfort. Space for the summit is limited, so advance registration is required.

The free KCEWS 2015 Data Conference will present information about data use and best practices of Kentucky's Longitudinal Data System (KLDS) to policymakers, education and workforce practitioners, current and future agency data providers, researchers and anyone interested in KCEWS or the KLDS. Topics will include data privacy, data usage in education and workforce and the employment outcomes of Kentucky college graduates.

The keynote speaker will be Brigitte Blom Ramsey, executive director of the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence.

“Kentucky has made incredible progress in the quality, collection and access to data at the K-12 level and across education systems in the state,” said Dr. Kate Shirley Akers, acting executive director of KCEWS. “As a national leader in cross-agency data collection and use, we want to share our best practices and data usage examples with state leaders and data users at this conference.”

To attend the free KCEWS conference, register online at

Hotel accommodations are available at the Capital Plaza Hotel, located within walking distance of the conference. Special conference rates are available; ask for details when booking a room Make reservations by contacting the Capital Plaza Hotel at 502-227-5100.

For more information about the conference and KCEWS, visit or contact Justin Otto by phone at 502-564-2651 or via email at


KCEWS collects and links data to evaluate education and workforce efforts in the Commonwealth. These evaluations include developing reports and providing statistical data about these efforts so policymakers, agencies and the general public can make better informed decisions. KCEWS also maintains the Kentucky Longitudinal Data System which securely links information from the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE), the Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE), the Education Professional Standards Board (EPSB), the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA) and the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet (EWDC) to create a system that spans early childhood, K-12, postsecondary, financial aid, teacher licensure and preparation and other areas to develop a broader understanding about the education and training process as a seamless system.