Data Overview

K-12 Staffing

The K-12 staffing data contain individual-level records on education personnel (teachers and other non-teacher employees). Coverage is EOY 2012 - Fall 2016. Available data reflect information about staffing demographics, assignments, and endorsements/credentials. Personnel from both private and public schools are included in this dataset. It is optional for private schools to participate in the data collection and therefore the data for this type of school is incomplete. The datasets cover both part-time as well as full-time staff from all schools in MI. The data also includes information on those who end their employment with the school system during the year.

K-12 Student

The K-12 student data contain commonly requested longitudinal student-level educational data from the K-12 environment. Available datasets reflect information about K-12 graduation, enrollment, demographics, program participation, discipline, and course-taking.

Data from the 2009-2010 school year forward are available. In future school years, student data will be added near the end of the summer following the school year of interest. Graduation data will be updated after rates are published publicly (in late winter of the following school year). Only public school students are included in the data sets. Students attending non-public schools and students using a non-public residency code at a public school (i.e., home school and private school students) are excluded.

K-12 Student Assessment

The K-12 assessment data files contain student-level assessment data from the K-12 environment. Available datasets reflect information about the standard assessments which are (typically) required to be taken by Michigan students to capture the performance of the K-12 educational system. The current standard assessment is the M-STEP, which was predated by the MEAP and MME.

  • Michigan Education Assessment Program (MEAP)
  • Michigan Merit Exam (MME)
  • Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress (M-STEP)

Coverage includes 2007-2008 through 2016-2017 school years. Students in grades 3 - 9 took the MEAP Assessment each Fall between 2007 and 2013. Students in grades 11 and 12 took the MME Assessment each Spring between 2008 and 2014. Each spring since 2015, students in grades 3 - 8 and 11 - 12 take the M-STEP Assessment. Data covers all students from both private or public schools who have participated in these assessments.


The postsecondary data files contain commonly requested longitudinal student-level data from the postsecondary educational environment. Available datasets reflect information about postsecondary student demographics, enrollments, programs, courses, cumulative progress, and degrees/certifications (referred to as awards).

The primary data sources for the postsecondary researcher data are the Student Transcript and Academic Record Repository (STARR) and the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC). The former is collection of student data from all Michigan public institutions and some independent institutions. The latter is a national database of postsecondary student information from most colleges nationwide. Coverage includes students who have enrolled in, or received an award from, a college or university during school year 2009-2010 or later. The data will include the entire academic history of any such student, which may encompass enrollments or awards prior to the 2009-2010 academic year.


The financial data files contain data commonly reported for MI school districts including expenditure, revenue, and balance data. Data are sourced from the State of Michigan’s Financial Information Database (FID) and cover 2003-2004 to present.

Early Childhood

A dataset on early childhood education is under construction. Please check back!

K-12 Schools

The K-12 Schools data contain school- and district-level variables that describe characteristics of Michigan public schools and some private schools, such as the physical location of the school, number of students in each grade, demographics, and urbanicity. The primary source is the State of Michigan’s Michigan Educational Entity Master (EEM).