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Train the Trainer Resources

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General Resources

TitleDescriptionFormatDuration
Getting StartedA short video demo on navigation, how to build your own reports, and how we protect student confidentiality. If you're new to MI School Data, take a few minutes to view so you get the most out of its cool features and functions. (CEPI; Sept 2013)Tutorial15 min
About MI School DataMI School Data in a nutshell. This trifold brochure describes what it offers, how to build your own report, and take advantage of all the site's features. (CEPI; 2-pg pdf; Oct 2013)PDF
QuickStart GuideThe basics for using MI School Data. Print and share this simple, single-page guide. (CEPI; Apr 2015.)PDF
Selecting a Building and Running a ReportHow to narrow your data search to a particular school or college, and set your own parameters to get the information you need. (Calhoun ISD; Sept 2013)Tutorial02 min
How to Find and Download Data FilesThere are several ways to produce data files in MI School Data, and different methods generate different files. Use this guide to find the files and to see the type of files generated by each method. (CEPI; 3 pgs, Apri 2015)PDF
Citing CEPI DataHow to properly cite data provided by Michigan’s Center for Educational Performance and Information (CEPI) and the MI School Data website. (CEPI; 1 pg; May 2015)PDF
Excel TipsBasic tips for sorting and filtering after you have downloaded data into an Excel spreadsheet. (Calhoun ISD; Sept 2013)Tutorial04 min
Secure Report Use PoliciesRules for protecting confidentiality when using secure data from CEPI. Includes links to relevant state and federal laws. (CEPI; 1-pg pdf; Oct 2013)PDF
Traveling Through Time: The Forum Guide to Longitudinal Data Systems Book I: What is an LDS?Michigan’s State Longitudinal Data System (MSLDS) holds great promise for enhancing both the way education agencies use data to serve students and the way they do business, from the policy level to the school office and into the classroom. This publication provides excellent background on LDSs. (National Center for Education Statistics; 67-pg pdf; 2010)PDF
Intro to MiSchoolDataAn in-depth tour of MI School Data, including menus, navigation, and data access and inquiry. (Macomb ISD; Jul 2013)Webinar57 min
Downloading DataHow to request data files so you can filter and sort in a spreadsheet. (Calhoun ISD; Sept 2013)Tutorial05 min
Keyholder-Granting Access to Student PathwaysKeyholder help document about how to grant access to Student Pathways.PDF
Taking Action with Education DataPractical information about the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to more effectively access, interpret, and use education data to inform action. (National Center for Education Statistics; 79-pg e-book or pdf; 2013)PDF
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K-12 Resources

TitleDescriptionFormatDuration
School Data DiagnosticA step-by-step guide to using MI School Data for your state-required K12 school improvement plans and decision making. (Macomb ISD; Jul 2013)Webinar56 min
Student TestingLearn how to access and navigate the student testing section of the site. (Calhoun ISD; June 2014)Tutorial6:55 min
Postsecondary OutcomesLearn how to access and navigate the postsecondary outcomes portion of the site. (Calhoun ISD; June 2014)Tutorial6:07 min
Student CountsFind and use a K12 school's graduation and dropout rates, nonresident, attendance patterns and mobility data, and retained in grade information. (Macomb ISD; Jul 2013)Webinar22 min
Student Pathways How-To GuideHow K-12 users can access the Student Pathways report, which provides student-level college enrollment, coursework, cumulative credit, program and award information, and grade point averages (GPAs) earned by Michigan high school graduates. This report is only available to secure users.PDF
Exploring College Transfer and Student Pathways ReportsHow to access and use these reports, which have value to high school administrators and counselors. This webinar was sponsored by the Michigan Community College Association (MCCA) and Presidents Council-State Universities of Michigan (PC-SUM). The recording and slides can be found on the MCCA website. You can also link directly to the video recording. (CEPI; Jan 2014)Webinar75 min
Forum Guide to Taking Action with Education DataA guide to the skillful and appropriate use of education data for educators, school and district leaders, and state program staff. Provides practical information on identifying, accessing, interpreting, and using education data for action. 78-page pdf or e-reader format). (National Forum on Education Statistics; 2012)PDF (or e-reader)
Student TestingExplore MEAP, MI-Access, MME, and ACT College Readiness scores for your K12 district or building. (Macomb ISD;, Jul 2013)Webinar44 min
Intro to K-12 DashboardA tour of the K-12 Dashboard, including the school report card, top-to-bottom rankings, student counts and testing, postsecondary outcomes, career and technical education, staffing and financial information. (Macomb ISD; Jul 2013)Webinar52 min
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Postsecondary Resources

TitleDescriptionFormatDuration
Student Pathways How-To GuideHow postsecondary users can access the Student Pathways report, which provides student-level college enrollment, coursework, cumulative credit, program and award information, and grade point averages (GPAs) earned by Michigan high school graduates. This report is only available to secure users.PDF
Student Pathways Database Shells (.zip file)
How to download course files (pdf)
Transfer Database How-To (pdf)
A set of Access database shells to help educators take a closer look at Student Pathways data. Once a college plugs in its Student Pathways report data, the shells generate reports on course outcomes, grades by subject, and more. Experienced Access users can also create their own queries and reports. Download all three files. (Washtenaw Community College, Feb 2015)Other
Exploring College Transfer and Student Pathways ReportsHow to access and use these reports, which have value to institutional researchers, administrators, registrars, and advisors. This webinar was sponsored by the Michigan Community College Association (MCCA) and Presidents Council-State Universities of Michigan (PC-SUM). The recording and slides can be found on the MCCA website. You can also link directly to the video recording. (CEPI; Jan 2014)Webinar75 min
Postsecondary OutcomesLearn how to access and navigate the postsecondary outcomes portion of the site. (Calhoun ISD; June 2014)Tutorial6:07 min
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Special Education Resources

(for Special Education professionals)

TitleDescriptionFormatDuration
SPED Inquiry Cohort AnalysisLearn how to access and navigate Special Education Inquiry Cohort Analysis report.(June 2014)Tutorial3:39 min
SPED Inquiry Comparative Item AnalysisLearn how to access and navigate Special Education Inquiry Comparative Item Analysis report. (June 2014)Tutorial5:40 min
SPED Inquiry MEAP ProficiencyLearn how to access and navigate Special Education Inquiry MEAP Proficiency report. (June 2014)Tutorial3:11 min
SPED Inquiry MI Access Proficiency InquiryLearn how to access and navigate Special Education Inquiry MI Access Proficiency Inquiry report. (June 2014)Tutorial3:11 min
SPED Inquiry MI Access Students Near ProficiencyLearn how to access and navigate Special Education Inquiry MI Access Students Near Proficiency report. (June 2014)Tutorial4:02 min
SPED Inquiry MME ProficiencyLearn how to access and navigate Special Education Inquiry MME Proficiency report. (June 2014)Tutorial3:11 min
SPED Inquiry MME Strand AnalysisLearn how to access and navigate Special Education Inquiry MME Strand Analysis report. (June 2014)Tutorial4:53 min
SPED Inquiry MME Students Near ProficiencyLearn how to access and navigate Special Education Inquiry MME Students Near Proficiency report. (June 2014)Tutorial4:08 min
SPED Inquiry Students Near ProficiencyLearn how to access and navigate Special Education Inquirty Students Near Proficiency report. (June 2014)Tutorial4:08 min
SPED Part B IndicatorsLearn how to access and navigate Special Education Part B Indicators section of site. (June 2014)Tutorial3:31 min

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Security Resources

TitleDescriptionFormatDuration
CEPI Secure Use PoliciesBefore authorized users can access secure data in MI School Data, they must certify compliance with this Terms of Use document. (CEPI; Oct 2013)PDF
CEPI Privacy and Security PolicyCEPI policies related to data collection and use, the Michigan Statewide Longitudinal Data System, data protection policies, data disclosure policies, and governance structures. (CEPI; Sept 2014)PDF
Who Uses Student Data? (Infographic)Describes the important reasons data are collected, and how student data are—and are not—accessed and used. (Data Quality Campaign; 2014)PDF
Who Uses Student Data? (Video)Describes the important reasons data are collected, and how student data are—and are not—accessed and used. (Data Quality Campaign; 2014)Video03 min
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