Centralized vs. Federated: State Approaches to P-20W+ Data Systems Updated

Organization: National Center for Education Statistics
Published: September 1, 2016

This document is intended to help state agencies through the process of determining whether a centralized or federated model (or a hybrid approach) will best suit their environment and stakeholder needs. This issue brief addresses key questions that should be considered early in the development of a P-20W+ system and describes how federated and centralized models bring together data from agencies across a state’s P-20W+ environment and make those data useful for and accessible to education stakeholders.