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How to Quickly Map Student Addresses in PowerSchool

By Al Momrik on April 13, 2021 at 11:59 AM

The ability to identify a location for a student is of prime importance for a school district employee. Determining where a student lives can affect funding for them from the State governmental agencies.

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A Step-by-step Workflow to Contact Tracing in PowerSchool

By Al Momrik on April 7, 2021 at 7:38 PM

The ability to easily identify students that have been in contact with a student based on course enrollment and date range is now at your fingertips, with the latest release of RealTime Reports.

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Approved COVID-19 Funding Sources for RealTime Reports

By Tom Lang on March 29, 2021 at 4:06 PM

There is no question that in the near future, oodles and oodles of cash will be flowing into local school districts nationwide thanks to recent federal legislation.

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How to Use RealTime Reports to Easily Calculate P-EBT

By Al Momrik on March 29, 2021 at 3:22 PM

Below is a simple and streamlined workflow allowing schools to quickly generate data required to determine their students' P-EBT eligibility using Level Data’s RealTime Reports.

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Using Data Buried in PowerSchool to Help At-Risk Students

By Tom Lang on March 15, 2021 at 11:45 AM

Teachers, principals and counselors genuinely want to help students who are at-risk.
To do so, the first step is identifying those kids – and now there is an easy solution for such an enormous task – called RealTime Reports.

RealTime Reports seamlessly pulls a districts’ stored data to track broad trends with easy-to-review graphics and charts, yet also find students who otherwise slip through the cracks to lead school personnel to those in need with detailed lists.

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What is Mass Address Validation and How Does It Help School Districts?

By Tom Lang on March 15, 2021 at 11:13 AM

The cleaner the better.

There is perhaps no better mantra for every school district staff member who is involved with entering, managing and validating staff and student data accuracy for internal use, state reporting and federal grant funding opportunities.

For PowerSchool users who utilize Level Data, Inc. applications, the features of automated cleaning and easily-guided fixes in State Data Validation are widely known.

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Up-To-Date List of RealTime Reports Dashboards

By Al Momrik on March 11, 2021 at 9:30 AM

Level Data performed a service update starting after 3:30 PM EST on Thursday, April 8, 2021. No downtime was associated with this update.

We make updates to this lists regularly as reporting modules are modified. Be sure to check back regularly for up-to-date information.

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

By Al Momrik on March 11, 2021 at 9:00 AM

Level Data performed a service update starting after 3:30 PM EST on Thursday, April 8, 2021. No downtime was associated with this update.

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How Accurate Addresses Hold the Keys to All School District Funding

By Tom Lang on February 26, 2021 at 11:23 AM

Home Sweet Home.

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Consistency: The Most Cherished Word in PowerSchool Data Management

By Tom Lang on February 15, 2021 at 2:24 PM

If fellow data management and IT directors were to challenge Jay Childers to describe in one word what he likes to see within his school district’s workforce and its expansive student database, that’s an easy one:

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How this District Was Able to Go Online Overnight, Thanks to Proper Data Management

By Tom Lang on February 15, 2021 at 2:11 PM

As school districts nationwide scurried to implement full-blown online learning in the midst of COVID-19 shutting down virtually all school buildings in early 2020, Oxford Community Schools in Michigan was one of those in the best position of any district to make a seamless transition – a transition that is yet to be determined if it’ll be temporary or long-term on-line learning.

Oxford has roughly 8,000 students in multiple school settings. These include traditional seated students, plus Oxford Bridges, an alternative school for kids who would struggle to make it through a typical high school setting, and a program called Crossroads, for adjudicated youth.

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Syncing-up Data Found Unused Curriculum for this School District

By Tom Lang on February 10, 2021 at 2:21 PM

If Level Data cannot do a needed data task for Farmington Municipal Schools, it probably cannot be done by anyone.

That is the conclusion of the district’s Chief Technology Officer, Robert Emerson, since teaming up with Level Data to help the district synchronize and automate its student and teacher data in PowerSchool with Active Directory, Google and its OneRoster service. Even in a very unique situation, school officials discovered a K-12 science curriculum that was inaccessible for several months, and Level Data quickly provided the necessary tools for Emerson's team to overcome this hurdle.

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How this School District Went from Dysfunctional to Excellence for State Reporting

By Tom Lang on February 5, 2021 at 8:36 AM

Bad data reporting is no laughing matter to the IT staff of Kalispell School District #5.

Data Analyst Kyra Ocker said years of struggling with inaccurate data and ineffective information processes were a constant challenge the district grappled with until her district signed on for Level Data’s State Data Validation Suite. What had been a long running series of manual data-entry processes that allowed for ongoing human error – costing 1-2 hours a day manually cleaning data for state reports – has since become a spotless data point-of-pride for the 6,000-student school district. 

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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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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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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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Why Automated and Managed Services Are the Most Secure

By David Barrett on December 10, 2019 at 4:02 PM

Over 700 breaches of K-12 databases have been recognized in the United States alone since 2017. Phishing schemes, ransomware attacks and denials-of-service tactics have been employed to access or distribute sensitive information belonging to students, faculty and staff. 

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State Data Validation Suite Security Explained

By Joel Lepp on October 8, 2019 at 9:18 AM

Level Data applications integrate tightly with PowerSchool. These include page enhancement applications like RealTime Validation, and full page applications like State Data Validation and Validation Reporting.

Each of these applications has options available to help District Administrators apply the appropriate security options, as per their district policies and following PowerSchool security guidelines.

This document outline how Level Data’s PowerSchool applications integrate with PowerSchool’s security mechanisms in order to properly secure the applications.

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How to Install State Data Validation Suite Core Plugin 4.x

By Joel Lepp on October 8, 2019 at 9:17 AM

Several months ago, we made significant updates with respect to respect PowerSchool’s two main security mechanisms: Page Level Security and Field Level Security. Please be sure to update your SDVS bundle soon. Version 2.x will no longer be supported as of April 1, and will be deactivated entirely on July 1, 2020.

The only way to prevent disruptions to your service is update your bundle to the latest version.

This document outlines three methods of installing Level Data’s PowerSchool applications, and provides a brief overview of the security configuration settings.

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How to Easily Manage Unlimited Contacts in PowerSchool

By Joel Lepp on July 8, 2019 at 4:13 PM

 

 

 

 

Contact data from the original core contact fields in PowerSchool were automatically migrated to the new contacts structure in PowerSchool 11.1. Contact data was migrated for all students that have ever existed within a PowerSchool database - both active and inactive.

The State Data Validation Suite (SDVS) generic contacts rules consist of 21 rules on a “Contacts” tab and 15 rules on a “Contacts Reports” tab. These rules are provided to help users clean up existing and/or new contact data.

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