Primary Functions of Student Accounting and State Reporting
This department reports student enrollment records to the State of Minnesota. We must report data for all students served by our public schools. We must collect data for all students attending nonpublic (compulsory) schools within the SPPS city boundaries. We must also track resident students attending non-public schools outside of our boundaries. Resident students attending other regular districts and charters is also monitored and residency is verified by our office.
SPPS collects student data in our student information system Infinite Campus. Each SPPS school is responsible for adding and updating its own data into the system. If the data does not exist in Infinite Campus, it doesn’t get reported. Unreported data does not draw funding. Our department monitors all reported data, helping schools by adjusting coding errors and date overlaps. This monitoring ensures accuracy while maximizing funding.
Resident Student Enrollment
Under Minnesota law, children between the ages of seven and 16 are required to attend school. It is the district’s responsibility to follow up on all school-age children living within its boundaries who are not attending school. Student Accounting and State Reporting captures the data to confirm all SPPS district residents of school age are enrolled.
Some of the data we collect is used for nonpublic text book aid and transportation reimbursement. This is why our department tracks resident students attending an SPPS school, another district’s school, a charter school, a parochial (nonpublic) school, a care and treatment facility, or homeschool.
SPPS area students who are homeschooled must be registered with Ramsey county, and SPPS placement must be notified by the parent. Our district ensures homeschool providers have access to the data and tools necessary to meet state requirements for public education.
This office processes state-required Enrollment Options forms for non-residents who want to attend an SPPS school. Families who live in SPPS when they enroll, but then move outside our boundaries must also fill out this form when they move. This procedure will not remove children from the school they currently attend; it just ensures we have accurate and timely data for student residency. Forms are processed to collect all state aid for serving non-resident children. This form may be turned in with your school choice preference selections to our Student Placement Center, or returned to our office if you are currently enrolled with SPPS.
This office processes tuition agreements and tuition billing. The tuition isn’t charged to students or their families. The reporting is done to collect the per-student funding provided by the state.
When students who live outside the district boundaries attend an SPPS school, the district is able to claim the student's resident district's aid to secure state funding for services provided. Most tuition billing happens automatically through the state’s finance system, but some specific streams are still managed with a paper billing process between districts and other states. When St. Paul residents attend school in another district, SPPS funding is transferred to that serving district.
Title I Nonpublic Textbook Aid
Title I funding includes transportation and textbook aid for nonpublic schools. The funding for the SPPS area is managed through this department.