The purpose of this program is to provide financial assistance to state educational agencies for the development of longitudinal data systems to efficiently and accurately manage, analyze, disaggregate, and use individual student data, consistent with the No Child Left Behind Act. These data systems must respond to the multiple information needs of key stakeholders, support state and local decision-making, and facilitate needed research to improve student academic achievement and close achievement gaps. A letter of intent to apply is optional but encouraged. Letters of intent must be submitted electronically by May 13, 2005, using the instructions provided at http://ies.constellagroup.com. The number of awards made under this competition will depend on the quality of the applications received.