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Tom Lang

Tom Lang has spent more than 3 decades in the field of journalism and marketing, while always having a hand in public education. His father was a school teacher, his mom a school secretary, and his wife teaches high school English and Humanities. On his own, Tom worked his way through college as a school bus driver and today remains closely tied to education as a Board member of FIRST (Robotics) in Michigan. He has worked with high school coaches and athletes for nearly 30 years as a freelance sports writer at the Detroit Free Press, and for more than 10 years as a basketball referee. Bottom line -- help kids grow, learn and create productive futures.

Recent Posts

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How to Generate In-District Enrollment Status Report in PowerSchool

By Tom Lang on October 3, 2022 at 10:00 AM

Accessing Student Data is a key element of any SIS. But taking that data and analyzing it typically requires exporting out of the system and manipulating it within some other external tool. One area that can be tricky, especially if no specific field is used, is identifying if a student resides in or out of the district. However, with the use of Level Data’s In-District Enrollment Status Report, users can now easily identify in-district versus out-of-district students with the click of a button.

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How to Create a School Population Planning Report in PowerSchool

By Tom Lang on September 30, 2022 at 10:00 AM

Accessing student data is a key element of any SIS, but taking that data and analyzing it typically requires exporting out of the system and manipulating it with some other external tool. This is especially true when attempting to plan based on where your student population actually resides. But what if you could not only see where your students reside on a map but also be able to slice and dice the records by creating your own boundaries? Not only creating them but being able to share those regions with others. Well, with the use of Level Data’s new School Population Planning Report, users can now do just that.

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How to Quickly Pull Stored Grades Report in PowerSchool

By Tom Lang on September 28, 2022 at 10:30 AM

Reviewing stored grades for students is a common activity for staff, especially for staff like principals and counselors. While retrieving data for individual students isn't too complicated, getting to the data for larger groups or even getting to a view that is a bit easier to read and that can be filtered based on specific criteria gets a bit more complicated. However, with the use of our Stored Grade Analysis Report, this process just got a whole lot easier.

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How to Create Standard Grades Analysis Report in PowerSchool

By Tom Lang on September 25, 2022 at 10:30 AM

Standard grading has become a popular method of tracking a student's achievement. While often used at the elementary level standards-based grading can be found at any level, configuring standards and entering scores is one part of the process, and reporting them is another. While the most common need is for individual student-based reports, schools often want to look at standards through a bigger window. However, generating this type of report is not a simple process. There aren't many built-in reports that can access the records schools need without complicated searches and exporting processes. But with the use of our Standards Grade Analysis Report, accessing standards grades has just gotten easier.

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How to Produce a Credit Progress Report in PowerSchool

By Tom Lang on September 23, 2022 at 10:30 AM

Student credit progress is one area that counselors and principals must constantly monitor. While reviewing data for individual students is fairly simple, it still involves either reviewing student records by a student’s historical grade screen, printing transcripts, or searching for and exporting the data out of the stored grades table. In any case, it often still involves manual manipulation of data just to get to the totals for students. Even then, finding out as a group which students are and are not on track can be a difficult and time-consuming process. However, with the use of our Credit Progress Report, that data is just a few clicks away.

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How to Easily Retrieve Short Term Mobility Report in PowerSchool

By Tom Lang on September 21, 2022 at 10:30 AM

Have you ever been asked for a list of students that are new to the school district? How about a list of students that have transferred out? What about those students that both came and left within the current year? If the answer is yes to any of the above, I can imagine gathering that data from PowerSchool was not a simple task. But now with the use of our Short Term Mobility Report, this data can be retrieved both quickly and easily whether running it from district office or an individual school. Answers to these questions are just a few clicks away.

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How to Identify Missing Grades Report in PowerSchool

By Tom Lang on September 19, 2022 at 10:30 AM

One of the most frustrating issues when storing grades is going through the process only to find that there are students that don't appear to have a final grade for a class. Typically this means that time has to be taken to review each report card, reach out to the teachers in question, have them update the grades, and then repeat the process of storing grades and printing report cards.

But what if there was a way to make sure all grades were complete before storing grades? Well with the use of our missing grades report, you can do just that. This report will identify all students that don't currently have a final term grade. Enabling admin staff to notify teachers of exactly what grades are missing prior to storing grades.

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How to Run Student Access to Technology Report in PowerSchool

By Tom Lang on September 15, 2022 at 10:36 AM

Schools have seen a massive change in the structure recently. No longer is in-person learning the sole standard for many districts. In addition to five-day in-person learning, schools have also adapted virtual or remote learning options, as well as hybrid models. With the change, however, comes the complexity of tracking which students are assigned to which model. Schools initially employed a variety of methods to track this information from custom fields to tracks to cohorts, the options were varied which led to each district having to develop its own methods of storing and reporting on this data. 

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How Virginia School Divisions Use Level Data to Easily Connect PBIS-SWIS

By Tom Lang on July 19, 2022 at 3:46 PM

It’s common knowledge in schools and even homes everywhere, that DOE most often refers to the Department of Education, whether nationally or locally.

Yet a key factor for schools to continue offering the best speed to learning for students everywhere is to make sure DOE does not alternately become an acronym for Delays, Omissions and Errors in student and teacher databases.

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How to Pull Unexcused Absences by Date (Alabama Only) in PowerSchool

By Tom Lang on June 29, 2022 at 12:45 AM

One area that many schools struggle each year with is identifying days students are considered unexcused absent. If a school uses daily attendance it really isn't much of an issue, but for schools that use meeting attendance, getting an accurate count can be difficult and time-consuming until now. 

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