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Report Based Security How-To: Your Getting Started Guide

By David Barrett on October 1, 2020 at 4:05 PM

One of the most common requests we’ve received from users since launching RealTime Reports is the addition of Report Based Security. Districts and schools need a way to easily view and manage the reports a particular user can access. 

With Report Based Security, administrative-level users can now easily control access permissions for Realtime Reports modules for specific users.

Getting started is simple - follow the outlined steps below!

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Digital Haves and Have-Nots: Tech Equity and Learning in the Face of a Pandemic

By David Barrett on September 24, 2020 at 3:17 PM

As the coronavirus pandemic swept across the nation, schools everywhere were discovering a somber truth - many people within their districts couldn’t count on a reliable internet connection. One district in rural Texas located due-South of the Greater Austin area found that 1-in-3 people, counting staff and students alike, lived in “dead zones” without internet or cell service. They were completely cut-off from the digital world at home through no fault of their own and falling behind because of it.

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Does Your Single Sign On Earn A Passing Grade

By David Barrett on June 26, 2020 at 8:30 AM

Supporting the access needs of your district is enough to fill a full-time job. Your departments and schools depend on a variety of applications to get work done. If you’re okay with a “bandaid” fix instead of a real solution, you could use a patchwork of a few platforms and hope for the best. A piecemeal solution carries a considerable risk of being inefficient, overcomplicated or accidentally vulnerable to exploitation.

Your faculty, staff and students need something quick and easy to use. You need something secure - a comprehensive system that ties in neatly and completely to your existing network. As a part of your directory integration processes, a single sign-on service ensures easy and safe access to the applications you need and rely upon.
This checklist helps you measure if an SSO solution is enough to deliver convenient, secure performance for your schools, staff and students.

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Poor Account Provisioning Could Be a Threat to Your Schools

By David Barrett on June 19, 2020 at 8:30 AM

Education is unique among industry sectors because of the extreme rate of turnover. When viewed from a 30,000-foot perspective, the "churn-rate" for students enrolling, transferring, dropping out or graduating from even a modestly sized district is enough to eclipse all but the biggest multinational companies. Add in the rate of burnout for educators - roughly 50% of teachers leave the field within their first 5 years - and it's plain to see why having a holistic account provisioning plan is critical for a district's technology infrastructure, digital security and user access plans. 

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5 Ways Passwords Threaten Your School's Digital Security

By David Barrett on June 12, 2020 at 8:30 AM

Because schools aren’t handling vast numbers of consumer transactions, it's easy to mistakenly believe them to be the last place likely to be hacked. Consider this - over 700 breaches of K-12 systems have been reported since 2016, and over 100 known incidents just in 2019! While restaurants and retail represent “get rich quick” opportunities for cyber-criminals, school databases are warehouses of sensitive personal information that could be mined for months or even years before detection. After all, who's looking at the credit of a first-grader on a regular basis?

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Up-To-Date List of RealTime Reports Dashboards for PowerSchool

By Al Momrik on May 14, 2020 at 4:54 PM

RealTime Reports pulls back the curtain on district data in PowerSchool and helps school staff easily find and understand the valuable information they need without the need for complicated codes or expertise in Enterprise Reporting. All reports in the dashboard can be tailored using filters to refine the information, and are being updated regularly to maximize usability, functionality and value.

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Up-To-Date Guide of State Data Validation Rules for PowerSchool

By Al Momrik on March 20, 2020 at 9:00 AM

Level Data performed a service update starting after 4:00 PM EST on Thursday, November 19, 2020. No downtime was associated with this update.

Want to learn more about power to transform your data using the State Data Validation Suite? Join one of our live webinars hosted by seasoned data pros every Tuesday and Thursday!

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Is Your School Online Privacy An Afterthought?

By David Barrett on February 26, 2020 at 8:34 AM

According to a recent study, a majority of surveyed districts used at least 26 different software applications to meet the needs of their needs. The demands of the front office are wholly different than the needs of a teacher's gradebook, the lunchroom's food service database and the transportation department's CRM. With a smattering of different systems employed, a range of potential security risks is all but inevitable. 

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Network Account Provisioning Made Easy with Level Data

By David Barrett on January 16, 2020 at 11:38 AM

The majority of school districts in the United States employ at least 26 different software platforms or applications to meet the functional demands of their district. Trying to manually guide data across so many platforms while maintaining the accuracy and integrity of that information would require hours of work from a dedicated team - time and resources that many districts simply can’t afford to sacrifice on peripheral tasks. 

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How Districts Maximize Their Free and Reduced Lunch Funding

By David Barrett on January 6, 2020 at 11:12 AM

Maximizing school district funding value is crucial in the education landscape of today. School districts work hard to ensure that every penny of available reimbursement dollars is fully accounted for.

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