TheTEA has three projects underway that partially address identified needs in the existing system and that provide the necessary foundation for achieving the outcomes:
PEIMS Redesign Project Phases 1 and 2 The Texas Legislature provided a total of $7.7 million in 2007 and 2009 to fund a comprehensive rewrite of the PEIMS system, which includes migrating PEIMS from the mainframe, removing the 80 character record limit, and improving reporting capabilities. Upgrading the PEIMS architecture was necessary to provide the basic infrastructure for the proposed revision of the entire data collection system and business processes for districts.
Awarded 2009 IES Statewide LDS Grant The 2009 SLDS grant is a five-year $7.9 million project that establishes a student-teacher link for analysis, reporting, and research on student performance by attributes of a teacher or class, as well as the evaluation of programs designed to impact students or teachers.
The Michael & Susan Dell Foundation Texas Student Data System Grant In September of 2009, MSDF made a $10 million commitment to establish a Texas Student Data System (TSDS).The investment will support the development of the prototype for the statewide DCD to be integrated in the proposed SLDS. The DCD provides the necessary infrastructure for improved data collection from districts as well as the subsequent creation and population of reporting and analysis tools with timely, actionable student data. DCD will generate dashboards and snapshots of achievement data at the district, campus, and student level for use by educators and parents in decision-making that supports improved educational outcomes.
The TEA has applied for an additional $20 Million Statewide Longitudinal Data Systems (SLDS) grant under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 The TEA is continuing to seek funding to put in place the major components of the solution by the end of 2013.
The TSDS solution will ensure that data from the state’s longitudinal data system are accessible to and used to inform and engage key stakeholders and that the data support decision-makers in the continuous improvement of efforts in policy, instruction, resource allocations and operations. Ensuring districts have timely data to make better decisions aligns with federal and state accountability systems and will ultimately make districts more accountable for performance.