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Terminology and Application Information:

SIF: Schools Interoperability Framework
The Department has received a 6 million dollar State Longitudinal Data Systems grant from the US Department of Education. Part of this grant will be used to introduce new technology to improve the data collection process. Over time the DESE will implement the School Interoperability Framework to already existing data collection systems and provide grant opportunities for local school districts to participate in the SIF initiative.

SSDR: School Safety Discipline Report
The School Safety and Discipline Report tracks each time a drug, violent or criminal-related offense as well as any non-drug, non-violent or non-criminal-related offense occurs on school property. All public schools in Massachusetts are required to file a single Offense Report and Student Discipline Record for each student offender reported on the Offense Report.

EPIMS: Education Personnel Information Management System
This application collects individual educator data from all districts and charter schools, replacing the District and School Staffing Report (DSSR).

SIMS: Student Information Management System
The Student Information Management System (SIMS) is a student-level data collection system that allows the Department to collect and analyze more accurate and comprehensive information, to meet federal and state reporting requirements, and to inform policy and programmatic decisions.

SCS: Student Course Schedule (SIMS Expansion)
The Student Course Schedule (SCS) is an online, secure data collection of the courses taken by students in the public school districts of Massachusetts. SCS collects data at the student and course levels.

Last Updated: December 28, 2018
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