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Improved Incident Management Reporting Leads to Cleanest Ever District-wide State Data Submission

By Tom Lang on May 14, 2021 at 8:45 AM

No one in education wants an incident – but when something troubling does happen with any student or student groups, recording accurate data from the incident is imperative.

Vicky Sanchez, the Data Systems Specialist for Cheltenham (PA) School District, turned to Level Data to create a partnership to make sure their district’s annual Incident Management Reports to the Keystone state’s Safe Schools program were right the first time.

What she didn’t realize was how much more state reporting support and accuracy she would receive – plus large amounts of time saved – when utilizing Level Data’s State Data Validation Suite.

“It started with Incident Management, which is part of a huge report for ‘Safe Schools’ in Pennsylvania and we were having a lot of issues with that one report,” Sanchez said. “The report has so many different templates and components and a lot of our staff were not entering the information correctly and there were a lot of missing elements, conflicting information.

“So, the bottom line is we got Level Data’s State Validation Suite specifically for Incident Management. But the nice part is we have benefitted from all the other parts of State Validation as well – State Validation Suite tabs like demographics, enrollment, and the miscellaneous tabs that have different rules based on the state reporting rules that we use to cross-check our data entry. It makes sure we didn’t miss any information and that nothing’s mismatched.”

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How Mapping Home Locations is Critical to School Budgets and Planning

By Tom Lang on April 22, 2021 at 10:14 AM

Student headcount accuracy is the most critical factor effecting government-funded school district budgets; few would question that fact.

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Contact Tracing Now Made Easy for Schools Nationwide

By Tom Lang on April 21, 2021 at 3:38 PM

Contact Tracing for Covid-19 infections – while difficult to do in most cases but proven to be effective in the fight to eradicate the virus – has recently become extremely easy and lighting quick for school districts nationwide because of a specialized plug-in for districts using PowerSchool as its Student Information System (SIS).

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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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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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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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