The Student Mobility report shows how the student population changes within a given school year by comparing the number of students who left the district, transferred into the district or remained in the district after fall count day.
The data are important, because instances of frequent mobility can disrupt student learning.
The student mobility report can identify which students or groups of students have high mobility counts. It can help a school understand if there are patterns with certain types of students who are more mobile; this information may be used to help meet the needs of these students.
This report compares the counts of mobile students to the counts of stable students for the selected educational entity. A student is considered mobile if he or she is present for fall count day and then exits a school before the end of the school year or transfers into a school mid-year. Stable students, on the other hand, are in the same educational entity for the entire school year.
The Student Mobility report contains counts of students only. This report doesn't display mobility rates or percentages of students transferring in and out of a school, nor does it represent pupil movement from school year to school year.
This report doesn't display mobility rates; however, you can download a mobility data spreadsheet that includes rate calculations. After your report appears, use the Download/Print button at the top of the report, and select Statewide Data for Report. You can use this spreadsheet for filtering and sorting the mobility data for your school. See the Data Calculations section in About the Data for more information on how mobility rates are calculated.
The report lets you compare mobility information by grade level, by demographic factors such as gender and race /ethnicity, and by categories such as economically disadvantaged, English language learners, migrant students, and students with disabilities. With this report, you can see how student mobility has been trending since the 2009-10 school year.
The Student Mobility report can help you to explore questions like:
How many mobile students are in my district?
Search for your district by clicking on Keyword Search. Then enter the name of your district. Click the Search button. Under School, select All Schools in District. Under Report Category, select All Students. Then click View Results. When your report appears, it will display a bar graph comparing mobile students to stable students.
My child is going to attend a new school. Does that school have a high mobility count compared to another school?
Select your new school under Edit Report/Find Location. Click the Add Comparison button. Select your comparison school. Under Report Category, select All Students. Then click View Results. When your report appears, you will see a side-by-side comparison of the two schools. Keep in mind, this report reflects student counts; and it is important to take in consideration the relative size of the schools you are comparing.
How does the economically disadvantaged mobility rate compare with the rate of all students in a given district?
After entering parameters for the district you are interested in, click “View Results.” Near the top of the report page, click “Download/Print,” and then click “Statewide Data for Reports (Cell Suppressed) as a .csv. Filter column E to show the district you are interested in, and filter column I to select the Economically Disadvantaged group and All Students. This spreadsheet will include a calculated mobility rate.
How do the mobility rates compare between several schools in my district?
Select your district under Edit Report/Find Location. Then under School select All Schools in District. When your report appears, click Entity Breakdown. By clicking on the blue arrows in the column headers, you can sort your data by ascending or descending order. If you want to calculate mobility rates or further filter and sort your data, you can download a spreadsheet.
Click Download/Print at the top of the webpage. Select Statewide Data for Report, which is located on the top right-hand side of the page under the heading labeled Related Data. This spreadsheet will include a calculated mobility rate.
The Student Mobility report includes data about mobile students, incoming students and stable students. Mobile Students refers to students who were enrolled in a school during fall count day but were not enrolled during all three collection dates. Incoming students are students who transferred into a school after the fall count. This means they were not attending the selected school during the fall but transferred during the spring or end of year becoming new students at the school. A stable student attended the school the entire year and was present during all three count dates.
The report is based on an unduplicated student headcount. This means a student is counted once and only once even if a student is attending more than one facility or is enrolled in multiple classes. This is contrary to a duplicated count where a student who is enrolled in multiple facilities would be counted multiple times. Enrollment is determined by the district and school in which the student is enrolled.
The following students are not included in the report: nonpublic, homeschooled, adult education, and pre-kindergarten students. For example, a student who is enrolled in a parochial school and attends a public school part-time for vocational classes would not be reflected in the count.
Beginning with the 2012-2013 school year, the report does not consider students who had a graduation exit code and exit date on or after April 25 to be mobile students. Previous years do consider students like this to be mobile students.
The Student Mobility report uses cell suppression rules for all public users to protect the privacy of individual students. The Center for Educational Performance and Information (CEPI) uses data suppression rules whenever report settings would yield fewer than 10 (<10) students in the Mobile, Stable, or Incoming into an Entity grouping. For this reason, depending on the settings you use, your report may appear to have missing data or sometimes no data at all.
Data are collected in the fall, in the spring, and at the end of the school year from the Michigan Student Data System (MSDS) to identify students who enter or leave a school or district during the school year.
This report is updated annually in the fall. Please check the Report Calendar for expected release dates.
Location/Entity: You can select and compare data at different entity levels: statewide, by intermediate school district (ISD), by school district, and by individual schools that include all local education agency (LEA) and public school academy (PSA) schools. Public school academies, also known as charter schools, are considered their own school district.
Mobile Students: Students who were counted on fall count day, but were not counted at the same school on the subsequent count day or in the End of Year Collection in MSDS.
Stable Students: A student is marked as stable if he or she is in the same school for all collections for the school year.
Total Headcount: Students who were counted on fall count day. Each student is counted as one whether the student attends school full-time or not.
Incoming into an entity: Students who were not attending the selected school during the fall but transferred any time during the school year after fall count day, becoming new students at the school.
Economically Disadvantaged: Students who have been determined to be eligible for free or reduced-price meals via locally gathered and approved family applications under the National School Lunch program, are in households receiving food (SNAP) or cash (TANF) assistance, are homeless, are migrant, or are in foster care.
Race/Ethnicity: Information about race and ethnicity categories can be found on the CEPI website. Note: When viewing trend data, you may see gaps and breaks because federal definitions and categories have changed over the years.
Gender: The gender of the student, male or female.
English Learners: Limited English Proficient (LEP) students who speak a language other than English as their primary language and who have difficulty speaking, reading, writing, or understanding English.
Migrant Students: A student whose family has moved within the previous 36 months to obtain temporary or seasonal work in agriculture or fishing.
Students with Disabilities: Students with one or more specific impairments that require special education or related services and have an Individual Education Plan (IEP).
<10, <5%, >95%: These labels are used in place of the actual data when there is a risk of identifying an individual student (unless you have logged in as a secure user).
CEPI collected the data used to compile this report. Data are collected in the fall, in the spring, and at the end of the relevant school year. For more details on the data definitions and how the data is collected, please refer to the MSDS Collection Details Manual found on the CEPI website under the Manuals section.
Number of Mobile Students = Total Headcount - Stable Students
SY 2009-10 and 2010-11: Mobility Rate = Mobile Students + Incoming into an Entity/Total Headcount + Incoming into an Entity
SY 2011-12-Current Year: Mobility Rate = Mobile Students/Total Headcount
The Statewide Data for Report file provides data for the most recent year. To access data for previous
years at the statewide level please use the School Data File.
To change these settings go to edit report
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