To enable States to implement integrated statewide education longitudinal data systems.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
This Act may be cited as the ``Measuring and Evaluating Trends for Reliability, Integrity, and Continued Success (METRICS) Act of 2013'' or the ``METRICS Act''.
SEC. 2. DEFINITIONS.
In this Act: (1) ESEA definitions.--The terms ``elementary school'', ``local educational agency'', ``secondary school'', ``Secretary'', and ``State educational agency'' have the meanings given the terms in section 9101 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 7801). (2) Aligned statewide education longitudinal data systems.--The term ``aligned statewide education longitudinal data systems'' means one or more statewide data systems that house and link the longitudinal data of individual students, including such students' early childhood, elementary school, secondary school, postsecondary education, and workforce data. (3) Eligible local entity.--The term ``eligible local entity'' means-- (A) a high-need local educational agency; (B) a consortium of high-need local educational agencies; or (C) a high-need local educational agency or a consortium of high-need local educational agencies and an external partner. (4) Eligible state entity.--The term ``eligible State entity'' means a State educational agency, which may partner with another public State agency, such as a State higher education agency, an early childhood agency, a State workforce agency, or a multi-agency State group (such as a preschool through grade 20 (P-20) council). (5) External partner.--The term ``external partner'' means an entity, such...