Whats New with PEIMS plain
  • More Data

    TSDS now includes pre-kindergarten data, enabling research on which approaches to early education best foster long-term success.

    More about TPEIR

  • Improved ID

    Improved student identification provides a more accurate longitudinal record of each student's progress throughout their career in Texas—even if they move away and return years later.

    More about Unique ID

  • New Savings

    TSDS offers schools significant potential cost savings, meaning more resources can be made available for students.

    More about the SSISs

  • More Reports

    TSDS brings together data from multiple district sources, allowing teachers to challenge high performers and flag problems early for at-risk students.

    More about studentGPS™

  • Better Planning

    TSDS supports graduation plans and college preparation exams, helping educators improve graduation rates and enhancing success in college and the workforce.

    More about studentGPS™

News & Updates

Update your bookmarks!  All pages on this site now begin with "www.texasstudentdatasystem.org" •  LEAs APPLY NOW for 2014/15 Dashboards • SUBSCRIBE NOW to the new TSDS newsletter •  TSDS Unique ID Project awarded 2014 Best of Texas Award (May 2014) • TEA released Pharr-San Juan Alamo ISD studentGPS™ Dashboard Case Study April 2014 •  Visit the News & FAQs page for more updates>>  


What is the Texas
Student Data System?

The Texas Student Data System (TSDS), a major initiative by the Texas Education Agency, is a new statewide system that modernizes and improves the quality of data collection, management, and reporting in Texas education.

Through the new studentGPS® Dashboards and other improvements, TSDS will support higher student performance across the state.

TSDS also replaces and expands on the existing Public Education Information Management System (PEIMS):

  • TSDS modernizes the PEIMS data collection process to reduce technology risk and system downtime allowing for more system availability and ease of use.
  • It puts real-time student performance data in the hands of educators to improve student achievement.
  • TSDS will become the one common data collection platform for TEA to reduce the data collection burden on districts and charter schools.

How Will TSDS Work?

Local education agencies (LEAsTexas school districts and charter schools) load data to TSDS from their local systems. The data is stored in a central repository (the Operational Data Store), where it can be used for the studentGPS® Dashboards, PEIMS, Early Childhood Data System (ECDS), and any future collections.


Meanwhile, the Unique ID module manages student and staff IDs, ensuring that each person has only one identity in the system and that data matches up correctly throughout TSDS.

Finally, data moves to TEA's reporting systems: dashboard data is visible only to authorized educators in the studentGPS® Dashboards, while PEIMS data is aggregated for anonymity and made available to the public via TPEIR (just as in the legacy system).


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What People Are Saying

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  • TEA will soon be releasing its first TSDS newsletter. Subscribe now to receive a copy. 
  • Read our Pharr-San Juan-Alamo case study, which explores that LEA's experiences with onboarding, training, and using the TSDS studentGPS Dashboards. Or see the Lubbock report on our Case Studies page.
  • Check out our case study of Lubbock ISD's experiences with the TSDS studentGPS Dashboards. Read about best practices, lessons learned, and benefits to students.
  • “Whenever I need to access a student's test scores or 6 weeks benchmark, it’s easier for me to pull it up on the dashboard than it is any other program because everything is all together... The user friendliness of it is really huge for me.”

    -- Heidi Dye, Principal.
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