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How To Use the State Data Validation Control Panel

By Al Momrik on June 14, 2022 at 11:30 AM

Level Data Control Panel

The Level Data Control Panel allows districts to control which validation rules are run on their PowerSchool server. With the Control Panel, districts have the ability to do any of the following:

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How PowerSchool Districts Can Now Plot and Plan Boundaries in Just a Few Clicks

By Tom Lang on June 13, 2022 at 11:13 AM

When school districts need to locate the home addresses of all their students on a map, most still use primitive and labor-intensive methods adopted over decades.

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What is CALPADS? California State Reporting Made Easy in PowerSchool

By Al Momrik on June 9, 2022 at 1:36 PM

The California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System (CALPADS) is the foundation of California’s K–12 education data system, comprising student demographic, program participation, grade level, enrollment, course enrollment and completion, discipline, and statewide assessment data.

In order to meet the requirements of California Education Code Section 60900, Local Education Agencies (LEAs) shall retain and report to CALPADS individual pupil and staff records, including:

  • Statewide Student Identifier (SSID) data
  • Student enrollment and exit data
  • All necessary data to produce required graduation and dropout rates
  • Demographic data
  • Data necessary to comply with the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001
  • Other data elements deemed necessary by the State Superintendent of Public Instruction

LEA maintenance of individual SSIDs includes the accurate and timely reporting of demographic, program, local student enrollment, and exit data to CALPADS, and the timely resolution of SSID anomalies with other LEAs.

Failure of LEAs to comply with state law by not meeting CALPADS reporting requirements may result in zero enrollment counts on official state and federal reports as well as on official, publicly-accessible web sites. In addition, zero enrollment counts will result in the loss of any funding based on official enrollment.

That's where Level Data comes in!

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Up-To-Date List of RealTime Reports Dashboards

By Al Momrik on June 3, 2022 at 11:00 AM

Level Data performed a service update starting after 3:30 PM EST on Thursday, January 26, 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.

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Loss of Institutional Knowledge Poses Major Funding and Leadership Challenges for School Districts

By Tom Lang on May 23, 2022 at 8:21 AM

School districts nationwide have been feeling similar staffing challenges as the rest of the U.S. marketplace.

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‘Game-Changing’ Opportunity for Skyward SIS Users’ Data Accuracy and Management

By Tom Lang on May 23, 2022 at 8:19 AM

Fred Sharpsteen does not get too excited over new technology designed for schools after a quarter-century of seeing things come and go.

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How to Pull Daily Attendance Summary by Code Report in PowerSchool

By Tom Lang on April 11, 2022 at 8:00 AM

For schools that check daily attendance, retrieving detailed daily attendance records is only one piece of the puzzle. Identifying students that have accumulated multiple absences, tardies, or a combination of those codes, is often even more important.

While getting the day to day records for individual students is fairly straightforward, getting to that data for larger groups and then being able to filter based on specific codes or number of occurrences can complicate the process.

With the use of our Daily Attendance Summary by Code Report, schools can now retrieve aggregated daily attendance daily and easily filter the data by date range, attendance code, or number of occurrences.

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How to Easily Run All Logs by Month Report in PowerSchool

By Tom Lang on April 8, 2022 at 8:00 AM

Disciplined data is one area that schools strive to keep accurate and up-to-date records.

Entering data whether from logs or incidents is the easy part. Getting that data into a format that can be used for analysis is a different issue altogether.

Have you ever needed to just be able to quickly identify when different discipline issues happen? That is, wouldn't it be great if you could quickly get to a report that shows you how many times a particular discipline issue happens during each month of the school year? Getting to that data now would not only involve searching for and exporting the data but then having to manually manipulate and get it into a usable format. That is until now.

With the use of our Log Entries by Month Report, schools can quickly and easily see when issues are occurring in their school or distract and identify trends or develop intervention needs to address these issues with just a few simple clicks.

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Creating Meeting Attendance Summary by Date Reports in PowerSchool

By Tom Lang on April 6, 2022 at 8:00 AM

Attendance can be a complicated process.

Does your school use meeting attendance, daily attendance, a combination of both?

Depending on how your school enters attendance plays a huge part in what you can actually retrieve. Typically for schools to track meeting attendance, the only way to retrieve data is on a course-by-course basis.

However, what if you need to know for a student what codes were entered on a given day or how many times a specific code was entered. Maybe you need to know how many students had more than one, two, or three different codes assigned throughout the day. Getting to that data can be a rather cumbersome process. That is until now.

With the use of our Meeting Attendance Summary by Date Report, schools can now retrieve aggregated meeting attendance values for each student and easily filter the data by date range, attendance, number of occurrences, and even the number of unique codes assigned each day

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How to Use PowerSchool to Produce Family List by Street Address Report

By Tom Lang on April 4, 2022 at 8:00 AM

Accessing basic student demographic data is really easy in PowerSchool.

But what about identifying students with the same household?

Again it's really easy if they're in the same school. But what if they were in different schools? Then this can only be accomplished when working at district level.

However, with the use of Family List by Street Address Report, users can now run the report at school level and not only will include students from the current school, but it'll also include students at other schools if they share the same home street address. Making it easy for school staff to identify addresses that have multiple students, even if they are at different schools.

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