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Joel Lepp

Joel Lepp is an Education Data Specialist for Level Data. Prior to joining Level Data, he worked in education for 12 years. The last 6 of those years he was part of the Michigan State Reporting and Compliance team for PowerSchool where he supported and developed parts of the state reporting code used by Michigan's PowerSchool users. In the past, Joel has presented at various PowerSchool User Group (PSUG) conferences and was a member of the Michigan Pupil Accounting and Attendance Association (MPAAA). Joel's main function at Level Data is to help guide school districts across the country on the best practices and procedures for cleaning their data in order to maximize their district funding from their state.

Recent Posts

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How to Install Level Data Core Plugin 5.X for PowerSchool 22.7+

By Joel Lepp on August 1, 2022 at 3:25 PM

With the release of PowerSchool 22.7 (released on 7/28/2022), it is required that our State Data Validation Suite and RealTime Reports customers update their Level Data Core plugin to a minimum version of 5.1.0.

Introduced in the 22.7 version of PowerSchool are a new set of restrictions that prevent any existing versions of the Level Data Core plugin from functioning. Any customers whose PowerSchool server is updated to 22.7 will experience a disruption of Level Data State Validation and RealTime Reports services until the Level Data Core plugin version is updated.

Please note that the Level Data Core plugin 5.1.0 is only compatible with PowerSchool versions 21.11 and later. Earlier versions of PowerSchool will reject the new Level Data Core plugin 5.1.0.

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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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