Vendor/Sponsor/Owner: Evaluation of Michigan's Transitional Kindergarten Program


Jasmina Camo-Biogradlija, Project Manager, Education Policy Initiative, University of Michigan, 734-763-2993

Project Summary:

The Education Policy Initiative (EPI) at the University of Michigan is conducting a study of Transitional Kindergarten programs in Michigan (also called Young Fives, Developmental Kindergarten, or Begindergarten). The team invites districts with and without active Transitional Kindergarten programs to sign on to the Transitional Kindergarten study, to help better understand the effects of the program statewide. To agree to share your district’s data in the study, please sign on to the study using the Data Hub API.

Michigan’s Transitional Kindergarten program is a growing early learning option in the state. However, there is no research on how these programs vary across the state, nor on their potential benefits on students’ learning.

The UM EPI research team is undertaking a study aimed at providing evidence to inform Transitional Kindergarten policy and programs in the State of Michigan. The study aims to (1) describe the characteristics of districts that are offering the program and students that are enrolling in Transitional Kindergarten and (2) estimate the impact of participating in Transitional Kindergarten on students’ learning.

Benchmark assessments are a critical element of this analysis, particularly those administered in elementary schools. Prior research on California’s Transitional Kindergarten program suggests benefits for students are likely to be larger in early grades, prior to students taking standardized tests in the third grade.

Documentation Links:  The Transitional Kindergarten Study integration provides districts with the ability to share their data with the Michigan Education Data Center (MEDC) at the University of Michigan through this data sharing agreement between Kalamazoo RESA as fiscal agent for MiDataHub and the University of Michigan on behalf of the Michigan Education Data Center.

Integration Steps: 
Configuring Transitional Kindergarten Integration: Here is a screen cast that outlines this process.

Step 1:  Login to MiDataHub by navigating to, select your district from the list, and login either using your local districts credentials (if federated to the SSO) or your MiDataHub Login (not federated to the SSO) 

Step 2:  Navigate to your districts MiDataHub cockpit 

Step 3:  Scroll to the API Integrations section (bottom right corner of screen) and click on the Add Integration link:

API Integrations

Step 4:  Create the API using the selections below: 

System Type: Educational Analytics
Vendor: Michigan Education Data Center (MEDC) 
System: Transitional Kindergarten Study v1
Profile: None
          Click Submit when these selections are made

Add API Integration

***This Aggregate API will need to be completed by a Technical Contact in your districts MiDataHub cockpit.