The Michigan Statewide Longitudinal Data System (MSLDS) is the state’s centralized education data repository, developed and maintained by CEPI. Much of the MSLDS development was federally funded with U.S. Department of Education competitive grant awards.
The MSLDS lets us connect data in powerful ways—grade to grade, school to school, level to level. It lets us connect seemingly unrelated data like school finance, test scores, teacher preparation, gender and ethnicity, courses and grades, graduation rates, college enrollment, free or reduced price lunch eligibility, career and tech programs, special education and gifted programs.
These connections, which can span through time from early childhood into the workforce, help ensure Michigan’s public education system is meeting the needs of all Michigan students. CEPI publishes MSLDS information on its MI School Data website so education stakeholders understand which policies and programs work, and to provide transparency, accountability and informed decision making to Michigan citizens.
Michigan is a national leader in many aspects of statewide longitudinal data system design, particularly for the ways it provides access to education information while securely protecting individual privacy.
The P-20 Longitudinal Data System Advisory Council helps define how to collect and connect data as well as how to deliver the data. See below for more about the P-20 Advisory Council membership and meetings.