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Data Governance

Data Governance

The Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) is dedicated to recognizing data as a vital asset and is committed to establishing a comprehensive data governance program across the agency through effective policies, processes, and best practices. The MDE prioritizes the privacy, security, and accuracy of data while also facilitating its use to enhance student outcomes.

The MDE has implemented its data governance program through the establishment of this Data Governance Charter.


Data Governance Committee

The Data Governance Committee (DGC) includes representatives from program offices across the agency. Together, the DGC members focus on gaining insight from its data collections, supporting school districts with maintaining accurate information, making data-driven decisions that align with the MS Board of Education Strategic Plan, overseeing state and federal reporting requirements, and ensuring the privacy and security of our student and personnel data.

DGC Vision and Mission Statements

High quality data achieved, and all data issues resolved through a transparent agency-wide process

Facilitating and coordinating the development, implementation, and maintenance of the MDE data governance program to promote data quality, availability, usability, privacy and security

DGC Meeting Agendas, Minutes, and Video links

The MDE has created a Data Dictionary for our MS Student Information System (MSIS), that provides a list of data domain names, definitions, justification for their collection, their uses and the user groups involved.  You can access it here: MDE Data Dictionary 2023



‘The Statewide Longitudinal Data Systems (SLDS) Grant Program and its partners offer a wide and growing range of support to help state education agencies in the design, development, and use of longitudinal data systems.’  Website linked here:

SLDS has created a video to help explain the components of an effective data governance program.  This video can be found here:  SLDS Intro to Data Governance



Communication may be sent to:

Data Governance Committee Members ONLY – DGC SharePoint