Data Information

Explain in plain terms what derivative data could be...


So what do the numbers 206+310+10+520+330 tell us?

CASEMIS is a coded database that is used to report special education IEP information to the California Department of Education. Most things in a child's IEP is coded. You can see the codes here. When a child has an IEP, each area of the IEP becomes a code. Those codes are derivative data.

So, 206+310+10+520+330 can be a CASEMIS query. This example tells us a Latino child who is eligible for special education under the area of Multiple Disability is attending a typical school campus in a special education classroom and is receiving the service of specialized academic instruction. That is a lot from just 5 sets of numbers, or as they are legally called, CASEMIS Data Codes.

Who created these codes? The California Department of Education (CDE) did to put in place a database to send information from school districts to the CDE. It looks something like this:

IEP meeting is held for a student
IEP information is coded in CASEMIS
Coded IEP information in the form of CASEMIS data is sent from the school site to the school district
CASEMIS data of all special education students from all school districts are sent to their SELPA
SELPA sends CASEMIS data to the CDE
CDE then is the recipient of derivative data from CASEMIS

Here is a fantastic informational sheet (borrowed) from RCOE SELPA about the necessity of CASEMIS and what exactly what and why the SELPA's use CASEMIS.