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How this District Was Able to Go Online Overnight, Thanks to Proper Data Management

By Tom Lang on February 15, 2021 at 2:11 PM

As school districts nationwide scurried to implement full-blown online learning in the midst of COVID-19 shutting down virtually all school buildings in early 2020, Oxford Community Schools in Michigan was one of those in the best position of any district to make a seamless transition – a transition that is yet to be determined if it’ll be temporary or long-term on-line learning.

Oxford has roughly 8,000 students in multiple school settings. These include traditional seated students, plus Oxford Bridges, an alternative school for kids who would struggle to make it through a typical high school setting, and a program called Crossroads, for adjudicated youth.

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Syncing-up Data Found Unused Curriculum for this School District

By Tom Lang on February 10, 2021 at 2:21 PM

If Level Data cannot do a needed data task for Farmington Municipal Schools, it probably cannot be done by anyone.

That is the conclusion of the district’s Chief Technology Officer, Robert Emerson, since teaming up with Level Data to help the district synchronize and automate its student and teacher data in PowerSchool with Active Directory, Google and its OneRoster service. Even in a very unique situation, school officials discovered a K-12 science curriculum that was inaccessible for several months, and Level Data quickly provided the necessary tools for Emerson's team to overcome this hurdle.

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How this School District Went from Dysfunctional to Excellence for State Reporting

By Tom Lang on February 5, 2021 at 8:36 AM

Bad data reporting is no laughing matter to the IT staff of Kalispell School District #5.

Data Analyst Kyra Ocker said years of struggling with inaccurate data and ineffective information processes were a constant challenge the district grappled with until her district signed on for Level Data’s State Data Validation Suite. What had been a long running series of manual data-entry processes that allowed for ongoing human error – costing 1-2 hours a day manually cleaning data for state reports – has since become a spotless data point-of-pride for the 6,000-student school district. 

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Report Based Security How-To: Your Getting Started Guide

By David Barrett on October 1, 2020 at 4:05 PM

One of the most common requests we’ve received from users since launching RealTime Reports is the addition of Report Based Security. Districts and schools need a way to easily view and manage the reports a particular user can access. 

With Report Based Security, administrative-level users can now easily control access permissions for Realtime Reports modules for specific users.

Getting started is simple - follow the outlined steps below!

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Digital Haves and Have-Nots: Tech Equity and Learning in the Face of a Pandemic

By David Barrett on September 24, 2020 at 3:17 PM

As the coronavirus pandemic swept across the nation, schools everywhere were discovering a somber truth - many people within their districts couldn’t count on a reliable internet connection. One district in rural Texas located due-South of the Greater Austin area found that 1-in-3 people, counting staff and students alike, lived in “dead zones” without internet or cell service. They were completely cut-off from the digital world at home through no fault of their own and falling behind because of it.

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Poor Account Provisioning Could Be a Threat to Your Schools

By David Barrett on June 19, 2020 at 8:30 AM

Education is unique among industry sectors because of the extreme rate of turnover. When viewed from a 30,000-foot perspective, the "churn-rate" for students enrolling, transferring, dropping out or graduating from even a modestly sized district is enough to eclipse all but the biggest multinational companies. Add in the rate of burnout for educators - roughly 50% of teachers leave the field within their first 5 years - and it's plain to see why having a holistic account provisioning plan is critical for a district's technology infrastructure, digital security and user access plans. 

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Is Your School Online Privacy An Afterthought?

By David Barrett on February 26, 2020 at 8:34 AM

According to a recent study, a majority of surveyed districts used at least 26 different software applications to meet the needs of their needs. The demands of the front office are wholly different than the needs of a teacher's gradebook, the lunchroom's food service database and the transportation department's CRM. With a smattering of different systems employed, a range of potential security risks is all but inevitable. 

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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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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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