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):

How Will TSDS Work?

Local education agencies (LEAs—Texas 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).

What People Are Saying

The full TEDS 2017-2018 Addendum has been released.  Visit the TEDS Change Log to view the latest updates.

The ECDS submission has closed with 990 (90%) districts/charters submitting kindergarten data and 972 (92%) districts/charters submitting prekindergarten data. This year's ECDS collection included new High Quality PK data and reduced data submission redundancy.

TEA has rolled out a new bundling feature in PEIMS for Fall of 2017-2018 to allow users to download multiple reports at once. Download this Quickstart Guide for handy primer on using the new feature.

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.

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