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Gender: WISEid/WISEdata

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Sex Type in WISEdata, known as Gender in WISEid and WISEdash, submitted as Male or Female. 

Starting in the 2022-23 school year, Non-Binary will also be an option for this data element.

USES: Gender codes are used for a wide range of public reporting and accountability purposes. Gender codes are also used in the match review process. DPI currently collects what is required for federal reporting and is investigating expanding the collection options beyond Male and Female.


FAQs, Details, and Points to Note


  1. Students who are transgender:  
    1. The decision on how to mark the gender of a student who is transgender is a decision that the student and the family makes. Keep in mind that gender identification may be fluid, meaning that students may change how they identify over a period of transition.
    2. WISEid has fields that state First Name and Last Name. A person could originally be documented in the system by creating a WISEid reflecting a previous name and gender, but then once the WISEid has been created, the name and gender could be changed to reflect the new name and/or gender that aligns with the person’s identity. For purposes of finding possible matches in the match review process over time and across districts, the original name could be used in the “Other Name” field (for persons under 18, with permission from the family).
    3. Creating safe and supportive school environments for all youth, including those who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) is essential for their educational success. For more information, please see DPI’s page on Safe Schools for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Students.
  2. System of Record: As Gender is entered and maintained in both WISEid and WISEdata, it's important to note that WISEdata is the system of record. At the time of a snapshot, the WISEdata Portal value will be the value pulled into WISEdash and used in the snapshot collection. If a student’s gender marker is changed after the snapshot, it will appear correctly in any “current” data view but would appear as it was prior to the snapshot for that fiscal year.




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