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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 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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EMIS State Reporting for Ohio Made Easy in PowerSchool

By Al Momrik on July 20, 2022 at 7:30 AM

The Education Management Information System (EMIS) is a statewide data collection system for Ohio's primary and secondary education, including data such as demographic information, attendance, course information, financial data, and test results.

There are four major functions of EMIS:

  1. State and Federal Reporting
  2. Funding and Distribution of Payments
  3. Academic Accountability System
  4. Generates Statewide and District Reports

That's where Level Data comes in!

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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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Validating STARS State Reporting for New Mexico in PowerSchool

By Al Momrik on July 19, 2022 at 1:49 PM

The Student Teacher Accountability Reporting System (STARS) is an upgrade to the Accountability Data System (ADS) which provides greater functionality to schools, districts, and NMPED.

STARS is designed as an educational data collection and reporting model that builds upon the strengths of respective public education partners represented across state, district, and local levels.

It is thus a highly flexible model that incorporates a two-way flow of information: aggregating necessary data upward from respective schools and districts to the state to comply with state and federal reporting requirements and general systems management while providing disaggregated state data back down from the state to districts and schools.

That's where Level Data comes in!

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Up-To-Date List of Skyward Connect Rules for State Reporting

By Al Momrik on July 19, 2022 at 1:46 PM

Level Data performed a service update starting after 3:30 PM EST on Thursday, October 06, 2022. No downtime was associated with this update.

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

Complete List of Skyward Connect Rules

Listed below are our current Connect Validation and RealTime Rules for states:

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Simplify Your CEDARS State Reporting for Washington in PowerSchool

By Al Momrik on July 7, 2022 at 9:00 AM

The Comprehensive Education Data and Research System (CEDARS) is a longitudinal data warehouse of educational data. Districts report data on courses, students, and teachers. Course data includes standardized state course codes.

Student data includes Demographics, Enrollment information, Schedules, Grades, and Program participation.

Teacher data includes Demographics, Certifications, and Schedules.

That's where Level Data comes in!

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What is MSDS? Michigan State Reporting Made Easy in PowerSchool

By Al Momrik on July 6, 2022 at 2:15 PM


The Michigan Student Data System (MSDS) is a collaborative effort between the Center for Educational Performance and Information (CEPI), the Michigan Department of Education (MDE), and local school districts. The MSDS is a repository that contains information regarding students receiving education in Michigan. Data collected in this system are vital to district success.

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PIMS Reporting - Your Guide to Stress Free State Submission for Pennsylvania

By Al Momrik on June 29, 2022 at 11:20 AM

The Pennsylvania Information Management System (PIMS) is a statewide longitudinal data system for the collection and reporting of unit-level educational data. PIMS was developed with the purpose of:

  • Allowing the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) to meet federal and state reporting
  • Streamlining the reporting processes from educational institutions to PDE and the U.S. Department of Education
  • Reporting timely and accurate education data through standardized and ad hoc reporting capabilities;
  • Improving educational decision-making through the use of high quality data and decision support tools; and,
  • Providing longitudinal data on educational progress over time.

Act 24 of 2011 authorizes PDE to collect unit-level data that are mandated by state or federal statute or regulation from postsecondary institutions. PDE is collecting data elements necessary to meet the following reporting requirements:

  • Reporting required for the Pennsylvania Community College Annual Report;
  • Reporting required for the Pennsylvania Transfer and Articulation System; and,
  • Reporting required as a result of receiving State Fiscal Stabilization Fund monies from the federal government.

That's where Level Data comes in!

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