NYSSIS Overview

NYSED has developed the technology to assign and maintain unique student identifiers. To obtain a unique identifier for a student, a district must submit a student identification data set of demographic information. These characteristics are fed into a matching algorithm that determines if the data matches a previously submitted individual. If so, the unique identifier already assigned is returned to the submitting district or charter school. If the data set only partially matches an existing data set, district personnel must review the information and determine if the data sets represent the same student. If no match for the data set is found on the file, the system determines that the student does not have an identifier and assigns and returns one.

The system is completely secure and only authorized staff may submit student information or retrieve student identifiers. The student identifier database is separate from the statewide student data repository. Identifiers generated from the student identification system will be used in the Level 2 Repositories but will be encrypted when student data are placed in the Level 3 Repository. Because the unique identifier on the Level 3 Repository will be encrypted, data in the Level 3 Repository cannot be connected with names and other student information in the unique identifier system.

The assignment of unique identifiers to students is intended to serve two major purposes:

  • To ensure that no student is left uncounted, including students who drop out, transfer frequently among schools or districts, transfer to general education development (GED) programs, or move out of the State or country.
  • To ensure that there is a cumulative record for each student across years, schools and districts to allow the student’s progress to be assessed.

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