It's good to see the Kansas Board of Regents and the Kansas State Department of Education working together to share and compare data in a way that tracks Kansas student achievement long term and measures the effectiveness of education programs. Gov. Mark Parkinson furthered the collaboration with a June executive order "supporting a seamless education system." As Parkinson later put it: "What we want to know is — are we preparing our kids for college? The best way to find that out is to look at the big picture, and compare students' success in college to their success in public schools."