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

By Al Momrik on January 16, 2020 at 3:30 PM

Level Data performed a service update starting after 4PM EST on Thursday, January 23, 2020. No downtime was associated with this update.

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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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Up-To-Date List of Validation Reporting Dashboards for PowerSchool

By Al Momrik on January 7, 2020 at 11:30 AM

We recently introduced Validation Reporting as an add-on to the State Data Validation Suite as a public beta through the end of 2019. The initial response from early adopters was overwhelming, and the feedback we'd received from districts around the country was incredible. 

For the official launch, we bundled a set of ten reports as a highly-effective “starter set” for schools and districts to help them access data quickly and efficiently. By no means is this an end-all/be-all compilation - we’ll be rolling out additional reporting capabilities in 2020, including some with highly-complex analytics capabilities.

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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 will outline how Level Data’s PowerSchool applications have been integrated to work 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

Level Data has made significant updates to respect PowerSchool’s two main security mechanisms: Page Level Security and Field Level Security. All districts running earlier versions of the plugin will need to update by November 30, 2019. 

This document will outline three methods of installing Level Data’s PowerSchool applications as well as provide 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 19 rules on a “Contacts” tab and 13 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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