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Overview of Student Data and CDE Data Collections

CDE's Major Data Collections

The types of data CDE collects about students and educators is mandated by state and federal law. To learn more about the types of data collected, please review our CDE Data Collections information directly below. For a general overview of what constitutes student data and what student data is collected by CDE, please scroll down to What is Student Data?

For more detailed information about the Department's data collections, please review the three major types of data collections, listed below. The data in these collections comes from the Data Pipeline. Data Pipeline is the system that CDE uses to collect state and federally mandated data from districts:

  • Snapshots: Data is uploaded to Pipeline through files submitted by Colorado districts and Boards of Cooperative Education Services (BOCES). These files are uploaded into specific data collections, such as Year Round Collections or Periodic Collections, or in to Interchanges. Interchanges are groups of files that contain similar information. For example, the Staff Interchange has files that are used to report staff demographic information as well as information about subject taught and so forth. Snapshots are data collections that pull together information from different Interchanges to meet a specific reporting need.
  • Year Round Collections: These data collections contain information that is continually updated throughout the school year, through a single file uploaded into Pipeline.
  • Periodic Collections: These data collections contain information that are collected once a year, through a single file uploaded into Pipeline.

For additional information about the various data elements collected within the Data Pipeline, please visit the Data Dictionary.

What is Student Data?

Schools, districts, states, and the federal government all collect data about students for important purposes like informing instruction and providing information to the public. But the types of data collected, and who can access them, is different at each point. As you can see from the diagram below, most personal student information stays local.