Terminology and Application Information
EPIMS: Education Personnel Information Management System
The Education Personnel Information Management System (EPIMS) collects demographic data and work assignment information on individual public school educators.
SIF: Schools Interoperability Framework
SIF is a standard structure for organizing and communicating education data. Since 2013, DESE has been transitioning the department's data collection systems away from manual file upload and onto a real time data exchange via SIF.
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
The Student Course Schedule (SCS) is a collection of the courses taken by students in the public school districts of Massachusetts. SCS collects data at the student and course levels.
SSDR: School Safety and Discipline Report
The School Safety and Discipline Report (SSDR) collects information on all drug, violent and criminal offenses that occur on school property, as well as the discipline action (suspensions, removals, expulsions) served by the student offender. Non-drug, non-violent and non-criminal offenses that result in the student offender being removed from class or school are also collected.