Data Overview

The financial data files contain data commonly reported for MI school districts including expenditure, revenue, and balance data. Data are sourced from the State of Michigan’s Financial Information Database (FID) and cover 2003-2004 to present.

The K-12 staffing data contain individual-level records on education personnel (teachers and other non-teacher employees). Coverage is EOY 2012 - Fall 2016. Available data reflect information about staffing demographics, assignments, and endorsements/credentials. Personnel from both private and public schools are included in this dataset. It is optional for private schools to participate in the data collection and therefore the data for this type of school is incomplete. The datasets cover both part-time as well as full-time staff from all schools in MI. The data also includes information on those who end their employment with the school system during the year.

The K-12 student data contain commonly requested longitudinal student-level educational data from the K-12 environment. Available datasets reflect information about K-12 graduation, enrollment, demographics, program participation, discipline, and course-taking. Only public school students are included in the data sets. Students attending non-public schools and students using a non-public residency code at a public school (i.e., home school and private school students) are excluded.

The K-12 assessment data files contain student-level assessment data from the K-12 environment. Available datasets reflect information about the standard assessments which are (typically) required to be taken by Michigan students to capture the performance of the K-12 educational system. The current standard assessment is the M-STEP, which was predated by the MEAP and MME.
* Michigan Education Assessment Program (MEAP)
* Michigan Merit Exam (MME)
* Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress (M-STEP)

The postsecondary data files contain commonly requested longitudinal student-level data from the postsecondary educational environment. Available datasets reflect information about postsecondary student demographics, enrollments, programs, courses, cumulative progress, and degrees/certifications (referred to as awards).
The primary data sources for the postsecondary researcher data are the Student Transcript and Academic Record Repository (STARR) and the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC). The former is collection of student data from all Michigan public institutions and some independent institutions. The latter is a national database of postsecondary student information from most colleges nationwide.

The early childhood researcher files contain commonly requested longitudinal student-level demographic and program data reported in the early childhood MSDS collection. Available datasets reflect information about early childhood demographics, and program participation. Currently, only four early childhood programs are required to report data to CEPI: GSRP, GSRP/Head Start Blend, Sec 32p, and Sec 32p(4). However, several other early childhood programs are included.

The K-12 Schools data contain school- and district-level variables that describe characteristics of Michigan public schools and some private schools, such as the physical location of the school, number of students in each grade, demographics, and urbanicity. The primary source is the State of Michigan’s Michigan Educational Entity Master (EEM).

The Career and College Readiness researcher file contains commonly requested student-level assessment data from the K-12 environment pertaining to college and career readiness for students.This dataset reflects information about career and college readiness assessments administered by the Michigan Department of Education and also Advanced Placement examinations throughout the state. Administered tests include SAT (current), ACT (retired), PSAT (current), and Work Keys (current). Data covers all students from private, home schooled and public schools who have participated in these assessments. Prior to 2014-2015, ACT was a component of the MME assessment. For 2014-2015, it was given as its own assessment. Tests were administered during the spring each year. Data from the 2007-2008 school year forward are available. Future years’ data will be added on an annual basis as data become available. Note that prior to the 2015-2016 school year, the ACT was retired from testing by the MDE, and was replaced with the SAT.

The Alternative Assessments Researcher file contains commonly requested student-level assessment data from the K-12 environment pertaining to alternative state administered tests. For this file, the assessments are MI-Access (current) and MEAP-Access (retired 13/14). Data covers all students from private, home schooled and public schools who have participated in these assessments. While private and home schooled students are included in this dataset, they are not advised for reporting unless specifically researching questions around those groups of students. MDE & CEPI do not include private or home schooled students in their reporting.