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Beverly Lauby (19)
Is anyone using the special education module for PowerSchool?  Any opinions?

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Bev Lauby
Lexington Schools
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We used PowerSchool in parallel to SRS for the past few years because the PowerSchool reports were much easier to work with in NSSRS.  For this year, we have chosen to use PowerSchool for ADVISER rather than SRS.  I believe our SPED teachers are still entering data in both systems.

The biggest advantage of PowerSchool is that it removes a layer of complexity when working on reporting errors.  Unless a person with SRS access is doing your ADVISER, it takes extra steps to fix errors.  Having it all in the same system really makes problem resolution much easier.  

The disadvantage is that if you want to use SRS features that don't exist in PowerSchool (I'm not SPED and have never used SRS, so I don't know what those are), you have to maintain data in both systems.

Dave

We did use PowerSchool when doing NSSRS but this year our Sped director decided to use SRS.  It doesn't seem to be that bad but we do have a couple students we transferred out and the other school transferred in but we have errors in ADVISER.
when we used it in Power School teachers still updated SRS. We have a sped secretary that updated PowerSchool.  And I created a custom page for data like MDT date and IEP date and case manager etc.

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Is anyone using the PowerSchool Special piece?  Pros?  Cons?

Thanks for any input.

Bev Lauby
Lexington Schools
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We have been using PowerSchool for 18 years and have always used Log Entries for discipline.  Now the state is requiring us to go to Incident Management.  Does anyone have any advice, gotchas, tips, etc. for changing?  I am not looking forward to this, especially training our Admin on doing things a new way.

Thanks for any help,
Bev Lauby
Lexington Public Schools
Lexington, NE
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I believe that if you attend an ADVISER workshop you will be able to get help with this. 

I plan on attending ADVISER work days but my concern is our school starts Aug. 13th and our ESU work day is not until Sept. 27th.

Bev, 
PowerSchool will be hosting a Zoom training session on Aug 22nd.  You should get a tech note notice soon with the time etc.  That will provide an overview and how too. 

Aimee

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Is anyone using the PowerSchool SPED module?  I am seeking feedback whether good or not happy with it.
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Bev
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I would like to have some procedures in place to help with the validation of data submitted in NSSRS so all of the responsibility does not fall on me.  I submit the reports to NDE pulled from PowerSchool but I would like to have admin review the data to have another set of eyes looking at it.  Perhaps sign off on it.  Just curious how other schools handle it.

Thanks for any input.
Bev
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I am new to Hastings, but Kathy printed out all the NSSRS reports (after October & June uploads), put them in a 3 ring notebook, attached a routing slip and had it go around to all the administrative staff to sign off that they reviewed the data.  It was a CYA measure.  However, several administrative staff admitted that they may not even open the notebook... they just sign their name.

I have spoken to NDE staff on several occasions to ask that they train administrative staff on NSSRS - the where to look, what to look for, why should they look & when should the look.

I have also asked if they can produce something that shows what all the reports are (instead of going to Validation & having to click on each drop-down separately searching for the report we might need) as a guide for the Data Stewards and Administration to know where to look and what to look for.

Sorry Bev, not really a good answer to force others to have our backs in making sure the data is good & useful.    We are all hoping to have that other set of eyes.

Kristy

In Columbus Tami and I print off (make pdfs) of the reports and email them to who needs to look at it.  We make the option person verify the option list the HR guy look at the State Aid report etc.  If they don't look it is their problem they had the data. 

But when NDE contacts the Superintendent about an issue they always come to me to find an answer.



Thanks so much Kristy.  Those are all good ideas.  I'm going to give the 3 ring binder and signing off a try.  I agree that NDE needs to train admin on the reports.  I also agree it would be helpful to have something that shows what all the reports are and what and where to look for.
Bev

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I am searching for recommendations of companies/people we can hire to create an object report for our High School Report Card.

Any ideas?

Bev Lauby
Lexington Public Schools
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Beverly,

I've created various object reports/report cards for our district. If you have an idea of what you wanting, I'd like to be considered for the job. 

My direct email is weist.heather@westside66.net.

Thanks!

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I have been working on this for 2 days and had any success.  All help appreciated.

At our High School we have 0 period and 0-1 (meets for 2 periods) period classes.  But not all students take a 0 period class.  On our report cards I want to pull the teacher name for either the 0 period or 0-1 period class, but if there is no class taken I want "No period 0 class taken" to pull.

This is the code but it is not working.
^(decode;^(*period_info;0(A);teacher_name); ;
^(decode;^(*period_info;0-1(A);teacher_name); ;
No Period 0 course taken;^(*period_info; 0(A);teacher_name)^(*period_info;0-1(A);teacher_name))

What am I doing wrong?

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Bev Lauby
Lexington Public Schools
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I had a request from my superintendent that is beyond my PowerSchool knowledge.  He wants to know average class sizes by teacher by building for the 16-17 school year.  I can’t find any reports that would do this.  Any help is appreciated.
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Bev

Bev Lauby
Lexington Schools

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3 Responses to "help needed to pull section enrollment data"

If you have SQL Reports installed there is an Enrollment by section report that may work for you.

You could use the Master Schedule and change the preferences to show all teachers, all periods, all rooms, all days and show in list form.  A little "bulky" but would get you the information.

If you are familiar with DDA, there was an article on Powersource that helped with pulling that information.

Narrowing your search using the term id and school id you can export the following:

No_Of_Students
Course_Number
Section_Number
[Teachers]Lastfirst
[Courses]Course_name

I believe it was article id 7899 - hope that will help!

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Our entire Kindergarten report card is standards in PowerTeacher.  With the update to 9.1 the page for teachers to enter standards score through PowerTeacher has changed.  The page allowing teachers to enter all scores for a student individually is gone.  There is only one link on the bottom left, after clicking on the backpack, to allow scores to be entered.  And it has to be done by standard for all students.  And the previous scores do not appear.  This is quite cumbersome.  Has anyone found any work arounds for this?
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Bev
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Previously, you could do all standards entries for a single student before going on to another student. With version 9, you make entries by standard for all students.  So... you do one standard at a time.  You can auto-fill when appropriate. If you change the reporting term, to a previous term, you will see previously entered standards.

Thanks Maurice.  When I change terms it is NOT showing the previous scores.

Do you see previous standards on the admin side? Are the  standards missing for all your subject areas in PowerTeacher?

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We updated to 9.1.1 over Christmas break.  I tried to run a state report and when I click on the State Reporting tab I get the following error - Failed to list SDK reports: null.  I opened a support ticket and they said it was a known application defect and will be fixed in a future update.  I do not want to go to 9.2 now and state reporting is due in a week.  My case is # 02388006.  I am so frustrated!!!  Does anyone have the contact information for our PowerSchool state reporting person?

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Bev Lauby
Lexington Schools
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2 Responses to "NSSRS reports gone on 9.1.1"

I know of other districts running the exact same PS and state versions as you and they are not experiencing the same problem. The only difference is all the other districts I checked are hosted. This is the version:
PS 9.1.1.1.1071898
State Content: USA-NE 15.12.0.5.0

So I'm not sure why you are having this issue. It must be something specific to your server/installation.

The PowerSource case that references this issue, #75976, https://support.powerschool.com/article/75976, says the Reproduction Step is to Apply the latest state reporting update reporting-installer-win-amd64-15.11.2.3.0. The latest state reporting update is NOT 15.11.2.3.0, it is 15.12.0.5.0, which is what you are running.

I have been working with PowerSchool support.  They have identified an issue with servers that were updated from version 8.3 to 9.1.1.  They applied a work around to our server yesterday.  All state reports are there and working.  They made sure to state that this is a temporary work around and not a fix.

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