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Beverly Lauby (24)
I have been in denial but now it is crunch time.  In the past for our students that take online classes in Odyssey for credit, the high school secretary would enter their grades manually in historical grades.  I am understanding this year, these students need to be enrolled in a section to have the grades report correctly.  Do I have to create a new course/section for each of these classes then enroll the students in it?  Will it pull the manually entered grade?  This all so confusing and alot of work since we have so many unique online courses.  I have searched the PowerSchool and ADVISER documentation and have not found any guidance.  How are other schools handling this?

Thanks for any advice,
Bev Lauby
Lexington Schools
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8 Responses to "Odyssey online class grades" (view all)

Hi, Bev, We have had the same dilemma with Odyssey classes, but I did go ahead and create sections for them. It's definitely a pain, and a lot of times they show up as an error in ADVISER. 
I am definitely open to other ideas on how to improve this since we will have more and more students using this system for classes. 

Bev, 
We've been using Odyssey for quite some time now.  We use a container course and put the grade in when the student finishes.  Advisor still only needs grades at semester and pulls them from Historical Grades.  Wayne and Ellie may have a different answer but that is how we handle it.

Bev,
I set up a unique teacher for our Odyssey where kids.  The teacher they have has other classes so I made the teacher her last name and grades. Ek, Grades
Then I created classes some I used our regular course numbers then had to creat new course using a unique numbering HS18000 so I new this is not a regular course my sections were ODW for S1 and ODW2 for S2 enrolled students then had the teacher open PTP and put in a Final Grade Override of the letter grade they earned.  I stored Grades without credit so our Counselor Staff could verify and enter the credits that were awarded.  Call me if you need any help
Suzanne

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Does anyone use iPads instead of computers for recording lunches in the lunch line?  We are considering switching from laptops to iPads for our lunchroom staff.  Pros/Cons?
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Bev Lauby
Lexington Schools
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I considered iPads for about five minutes. But then I realized they would have to be on a separate, closed Wi-Fi access point. The cafeteria's AP is overwhelmed every day with students on their devices during lunch. Anyone done this?

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I want to try publishing our semester 1 grades but only want the High School's.  If I go to the High School, Nebraska Ed-Fi, publish Student Course Grades, will it publish only the High School or all Semester 1 grades in the District?  Has anyone successfully published grades yet?
Thanks for your help,
Bev Lauby
Lexington Schools
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I was able to publish grades by individual schools within the district.

Bev,
We were able to publish had some issues (we had turned off Grades and didn't even know it) all worked fine.  Yes, by doing it at the High School only the High school will publish.

Suzanne

Thank you.  This worked.  Now to work through the dependencies.

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I want to try publishing our semester 1 grades but only want the High School's.  If I go to the High School, Nebraska Ed-Fi, publish Student Course Grades, will it publish only the High School or all Semester 1 grades in the District?  Has anyone successfully published grades yet?
Thanks for your help,
Bev Lauby
Lexington Schools
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We are in the process of implementing Clever in our district.  Clever wants an admin account with read only access to DDE.  I feel this is a huge security risk.  How do other districts send data to Clever?

Thanks for any input,
Bev Lauby
Lexington Schools
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1 Response to "anyone using Clever?"

We use Clever and we have given them an account.  Have had no issues with them it has been at least 3 years.

Suzanne

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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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5 Responses to "moving from Log Entries to Incident Management for state reporting" (view all)

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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