Next Steps with TSDS
An overview of project progress and next step for administrators.
Next Steps with TSDS
What Does TSDS Mean for LEAs and Vendors?
- For local education agencies (LEAs—Texas school districts and charter schools): TSDS will reduce the data collection burden while increasing the actionable data that is available to them. See "What Do I Need To Do Now?" below for more information on adopting TSDS. For more on the benefits of the new system, see For Principals and Superintendents.
- For vendors: Vendors will need to implement the new TEDS standards and collaborate with their client LEAs to determine which TSDS features and services they will use. For more information on what the new system will entail for vendors, see the Technical Resources section.
- For early adopters and interested LEAs: The Early Adopter page explains what early adoption entails and includes a link to the application.
The New System
| ||Voluntary||Can TEA access?|
|State-sponsored SIS||SSIS - Two feature-rich student information systems produced in partnership with Skyward and TCC at economy-of-scale prices |
|Education Data Warehouse||EDW - A new complex of applications/data storage for collection and reporting on compliance and performance data |
|Operational Data Store||ODS - A new data store that allows LEAs to supply data for PEIMS and for the studentGPS™ Dashboards |
|TSDS PEIMS||Replaces EDIT+, with more loading options and flexibility|
|Dashboard Data Mart||DDM - Uses data from the ODS to feed the new studentGPS™ Dashboards|
|studentGPS™ Dashboards||Displays the calculations and metrics that are stored in the DDM so that educators and administrators can make informed classroom and policy decisions|
|* TEA will have limited technical system administration responsibilities, but no access to data without LEA authorization|
The statewide implementation process will involve the following steps:
NOTE: Migration to the new TSDS system is permanent. Once all LEAs have migrated, the legacy EDIT+ system will be decommissioned and no longer available.
- By August, 2012, five LEAs ("limited production releases" or LPRs) were implemented the studentGPS™ Dashboards.
- In early 2013, 2 more LPRs were implemented the dashboards, and testing begins for loading data to the EDW.
- In late 2013 the studentGPS™ Dashboards will be transferred to TEA hosting for LPRs and early adopters.
- In 2014, TEA will release TSDS PEIMS for LPRs and early adopters.
- Once testing is complete with the early adopters, TEA will begin a phased statewide implementation.
What Do I Need to Do Now?
- Make sure all relevant staff at your organization have TEAL accounts.
- Make sure you know who your ESC Champions are and how the TSDS support process will work.
- Make sure your staff have taken all necessary TSDS training from an ESC or the LEA.
- Make sure your staff have taken any necessary training offered by the vendor.
- If you plan to use the studentGPS™ Dashboards, contact your vendor to determine whether they plan to support the dashboards.
- Develop Dashboard Policies to help your staff get the most from your dashboards.
- When it becomes available, download TEA's new Validation Tool (the successor to the legacy XML Checker).
- Revise your LEA's internal data submission procedures for loading partial data for PEIMS collections.
- Get Involved!
- Browse the TSDS Project Archives to learn more about this project.
- If your LEA is an early adopter district, visit our Early Adopter page to learn about what that involves.
- We have compiled resources on assessments data for those LEAs that want to load their assessment to the dashboards.
Will Charters Use TSDS Too?
Yes. Charters will submit their data via TSDS just like all other LEAs. If you are a new charter or have special concerns, contact your ESC as soon as possible.
What Will Happen to the Legacy PEIMS System?
- EDIT+ – replaced by TSDS PEIMS
- XML Checker – replaced by Validation Tool
- TPEIR – will perform the same functions as currently, with some small upgrades
- Unique ID – will check all student and staff IDs associated with data loaded to the EDW
- PET (Person Enrollment Tracker—formerly PID Enrollment Tracker) – will be available in the EDW for researching leavers, but PET will not update Unique ID data
The legacy system will continue to run in parallel until all LEAs are onboarded. Online support materials for the legacy system will continue to be available on the main TEA website.
To learn more about the origins and development of TSDS, visit the Project History page.