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The Student Data System is a repository that contains information regarding students receiving education in the State of Michigan.

What's New
English Learner Data Submission

CEPI has been advised that when districts receive a new student, they may not know that they are considered an English Learner (EL) student and are receiving errors when trying to report them. We are working to adjust our business rules to best capture the data for EL students whether they are new to a district, exiting the EL program, or re-entering the EL program.  We have temporarily changed those errors to warnings while the adjustments are being worked on. If you received errors during Quality Review pertaining to EL students, please re-run the Quality Review and you will now get warnings instead of errors, allowing you to certify your collection.

Reporting Homeless Foster Care Students

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) places new requirements on LEAs to ensure children/youth in foster care have school stability and access to services comparable to other students.  ESSA mandates the collaboration between LEAs and DHHS (child welfare agency). It also includes changes to the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act and removes the "awaiting foster care placement" nighttime residency eligibility from the McKinney-Vento Act beginning December 10, 2016.


Until December 10, 2016:

If the student is found McKinney-Vento eligible under the "awaiting foster care placement" definition; please code them as "sheltered" with the MSDS code 10 for primary nighttime residency in your student information systems for transmission to MSDS for the fall general collection. Foster children/youth identified as eligible from the beginning of this school year through December 9, 2016.


As of December 10, 2016:

The definition "awaiting foster care placement" will be removed from McKinney-Vento law.  This means that students in foster care will no longer be considered homeless and should not be reported in MSDS. You can put a status end date of December 10, 2016, into your student information systems removing the code 10 that you had in place for the fall count.


These students will be included in the 2016-17 total homeless counts, even if they are no longer reported after the December 10, 2016 deadline.


If you have questions regarding the change in law, please contact Pam Kies-Lowe at the Michigan Department of Education Office of Field Services, Special Populations Unit. 517-241-1162