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Thursday, October 1, 2015

TSDS PEIMS FAQ

What's the difference between PEIMS, the PDM, and EDIT+?

PEIMS itself is the legislatively mandated set of data collected by TEA about public education, including student, staff, course, financial, and organizational information. EDIT+ is the legacy application for loading, validating, and submitting PEIMS data to TEA. TSDS PEIMS is replacing the legacy system. In TSDS, the PEIMS Data Mart (PDM) holds data that users promote from the Operational Data Store(ODS) before it is finalized; users manage this process in the new TSDS PEIMS application.

Why is TEA replacing EDIT +?

EDIT + is built on an outdated architecture and has reached the limit of its ability to handle the amount of data that is currently being submitted. A new PEIMS system will be more cost effective, timely, and accurate and will provide LEAs with a better tool to submit their data.

Will LEAs still be able to validate and correct PEIMS submissions? How will the extraction and validation process work?

Yes. The Texas Student Data System (TSDS) supplies new tools for validating, but the overall process is similar. Users' SISs and other local education data systems will generate extracts of PEIMS data. They can run the data through a local copy of the validation tool to fix errors before loading. The extract will then be pulled to the Operational Data Store (ODS). From the ODS, the LEA users will promote the data to the PDM, where they can validate their data and review error reports. Users will then correct the errors in their source systems and reload their data. However, unlike the current EDIT+ system, the new system will allow partial promotions to PEIMS that can be used to compile and then complete a submission. See the Feature Comparison for a more detailed description of the differences between the new and old systems.

Will TSDS continue to collect the organization, finance, staff, student, and course data that are currently collected for PEIMS?

Yes. TSDS will continue to collect data from all five of these areas. The majority of SIS vendors in Texas have participated in the PEIMS Early Adopter process, so they have been able to test their systems’ ability to create TEDS-compliant extracts. For a list of vendors that can extract for PEIMS, see the Compatible Software page.
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