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 Student Assessments - Standard data contains 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. Michigan Education Assessment Program (MEAP) was administered in the Fall from 2007 to 2013. Michigan Merit Exam (MME) was administered in the Spring from 2008 to 2014. Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress (M-STEP) has been administered in the Spring from 2015 to 2019. The current standard assessment is the M-STEP, which was predated by the MEAP and MME.

Number of Individuals with Records

We have assessment records for over 2.5 million students in total. With regards to each specific assessment, we have records for 1.4 million students that were assessed using the M-STEP, .8 million students that were assessed using the MME, and 1.6 million students that were assessed using the MEAP.

Grades Assessments are Administered

The M-STEP was administered to students in the 3rd-8th grade,11th grade, and a few 12th graders. The MME was administered to students in the 11th grade and a few 12th graders. The MEAP was administed to students in the 3rd-9th grade.

Subjects Assessed by Academic Year and Grade

  • For the 2019 Academic Year (AY), we have M-STEP's English Language Arts and Math scores for student in the 3rd through 7th grade and Social Studies scores for 5th, 8th, 11th, and a few 12th graders.
  • For the 2018 Academic Year (AY), we have M-STEP's English Language Arts and Math scores for student in the 3rd through 8th grade and Social Studies scores for 5th, 8th, 11th, and a few 12th graders.
  • For the 2016 and 2017 Academic Years (AY), we have M-STEP's English Language Arts and Math scores for student in the 3rd through 8th grade; Social Studies scores for 5th, 8th, 11th, and a few 12th graders; and Science scores for 4th, 7th, 11th, and a few 12th graders.
  • For the 2015 Academic Year (AY), we have M-STEP's English Language Arts and Math scores for student in the 3rd through 12th grade; Social Studies scores for 5th, 8th, 11th, and a few 12th graders; and Science scores for 4th, 7th, 11th, and a few 12th graders.
  • For the 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014 Academic Years (AY) we have MEAP's Reading and Math scores for student in the 3rd through 8th grade; Social Studies scores for student in 6th and 9th grade; Science scores for student in 5th and 8th grade; and Writing scores for student in the 4th and 7th grade. In addition, we have MME's Math, Reading, Science, Social Studies, and Writing scores for 11th and a few 12th graders.
  • For the 2010 Academic Year (AY) we have MEAP's Reading and Math scores for student in the 3rd through 8th grade; Social Studies scores for student in 6th and 9th grade; and Science scores for student in 5th and 8th grade. In addition, we have MME's Math, Reading, Science, Social Studies, and Writing scores for 11th and a few 12th graders.
  • For the 2008 and 2009 Academic Years (AY) we have MEAP's Reading, Math, and Writing scores for student in the 3rd through 8th grade; Social Studies scores for student in 6th and 9th grade; and Science scores for student in 5th and 8th grade. In addition, we have MME's Math, Reading, Science, Social Studies, and Writing scores for 11th and a few 12th graders.

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.

The Postsecondary Entity researcher file contains information about higher education institutions such as physical address, level, and control. This includes both Michigan IHEs and out-of-state institutions. However, some fields (e.g. HIGHER_ED_CODE, OPEN_DATE and physical address) are only provided for Michigan institutions. Data from the EOY 2008 collection forward are available. Data are collected annually, and are regenerated in entirety annually, merging all previously reported data with the most current reporting year’s data.

The K-12 Special Education Finance researcher files contain information about transportation expenditures and other expenditures regarding special education services. The files contain special education expenditures reported by school districts on the SE-4094 and SE-4096 forms. Data from the 2018 fiscal year are available.

This English Language Learner Assessment Researcher file contains commonly requested student-level assessment data from the K-12 environment pertaining to English language learner assessments. For this file, the assessments are ELPA (retired 2013-14) and WIDA (current). Data from the 2007-2008 school year forward will be included. Future years' data will be added on an annual basis as data become available.

This Assessment Accommodations Researcher file contains commonly requested student-level assessment data from the K-12 environment pertaining to accommodations on state administered tests, such as MI-Access, MEAP-Access, M-STEP, MEAP, MME, ELPA and WIDA. Data covers all students from private, home schooled and public schools who have participated in these assessments. Data from the 2007-2008 school year forward will be included. Future years' data will be added on an annual basis as data become available.

The staff mobility datasets show educator (i.e., teachers) movements across the schools and districts. The staff mobility datasets show educator (i.e., teachers) movements across the schools and districts. The data in these datasets categorize educators into three groups in each school year compared to the previous year: "Leaver" (a staff who was a teacher in Year 1 and has left the education workforce in Year 2), "Stayer" (an educator who has stayed in the same School / District since the previous year) and "Mover" (a staff who has moved from one School to another School or from one District to another District in year 2 compared to Year 1- but does not exit the workforce).
One of the mobility datasets provide data at the individual level (i.e., by RPIC) and have variables based on the School Year and the School / District the person was assigned to. It’s possible an individual is assigned to more than one School / District, so for those educators the word “Multiple” is entered under the School or District variable. Otherwise it’s the School / District code of the individual staff.
The other mobility dataset aggregates the data to a School and District Level and calculate the rates of Leavers, Stayers, and Movers as well as provide totals of each.